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Steve Nolan: With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk | Review

With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk Ragged Sky Press (July 5, 2021) $15.00. 98 pages . I believe every poet has a good reason why they … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson: A Bird, came down the Walk

A Bird, came down the Walk –
He did not know I saw –
He bit an Angle Worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw

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Christina Rossetti: The Plague

‘Listen, the last stroke of death’s noon has struck—
The plague is come,’ a gnashing Madman said…

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Doug Anderson: Pilotless

We always thought, deep down, no matter how badly our politicians lied things would turn around. They always have. After all, this is America. We’ll never go the way of … Continue reading

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Beyond Cancel Culture | How to Hold Each Other Accountable—With Love

‘We can’t go around punishing people in the present for the trauma that was inflicted on us in the past.’

September 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Edison Jennings: The Cats of Rome

The cats of Rome sleep, feed, and breed
among the tumbled travertine, and slip,
tails high, across the flag draped avenues.

September 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

Thomas W. Fraser: Overcoming Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘three evils of society’

We can still bend the arc of history through a ceaseless pursuit of beloved community.

September 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Judith Sanders: Cherry Tree Elegy

A freak tornado had snapped its aged limbs,
one angled like a lap where our son had snuggled,
sheltered by green in summer, copper in fall. 

September 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: Doctor Praised for Violating Texas’ New Abortion Ban

“I hope the law gets overturned,” Dr. Alan Braid said, “and if this is what does it, that would be great.”

September 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: On These Passing Hours of Butterflies and Dangerous Living

In my darker hours I like to imagine a knitting club
where no one is allowed to smile.

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

David Orr: Letting the World Burn | The Question of Governance

The primary cause of the worsening situation is not the combustion of fossil fuels, but the massive political dereliction that has allowed the bonfire to go on after we knew that it posed a potentially lethal threat to humankind.

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Autumnal Equinox

It seemed like 
everyone I knew had something 
precious to give away

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Wangechi Mutu: A Necessary Madness

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Carl Jung: The Rainmaker

There was a drought in a village in China. They sent for a rainmaker who was known to live in the farthest corner of the country, far away.

September 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Humble Herb is Rival to Prozac

The little notebook, its pages an eye-ease greenish tint, with my staggering penciled captions labeling every blessed thing, each flower picked and pressed and taped down to the page, contains more than specimens of wildflowers from a Vermont meadow. It encloses the first summer I remember.

September 18, 2021 · 5 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Afternoon on a Hill

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

September 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

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