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Jose Padua: Come Play in the Milky Night

At the IHOP in Winchester one night, we were paying for our dinner when the young woman behind the cash register noticed that my young son was looking at something … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson: The Loneliness One dare not sound

The Loneliness One dare not sound—And would as soon surmiseAs in its Grave go plumbingTo ascertain the size— The Loneliness whose worst alarmIs lest itself should see—And perish from before … Continue reading

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Abby Zimet: The Only Hope Is To Be The Daylight

Belatedly, we mourn the passing of W.S. Merwin, masterful poet as well as fierce environmentalist and defender of justice, who died in his sleep March 15 at his home on Maui, where over several … Continue reading

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Louie Skipper: Which do crows find most ridiculous

Which do crows find most ridiculous, our laughter or our applause?   Beware of the pelican that ignores you.   Not yet having formed the waters what had God eaten … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: The Journey of Jon Daniels

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. During this time of increasingly virulent racism, it is well that we pause and remember … Continue reading

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Naomi Shihab Nye: “Letters My Prez Is Not Sending” and “Ted Kooser Is My President”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads two poems at the 2009 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival: “Letters My Prez Is Not Sending” and “Ted Kooser Is My President.” This video is included here by … Continue reading

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Judith A. Brice: Prolepsis of Emerald

On the calendar we see the bold square, marking the number 21 in March,  marking our hope, our deep breath— 21, our emerald prolepsis, our brain’s fast synapse between withdrawal … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michaela Haas: The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again. —Rumi  The way to stop climate change might be buried … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Muddy Boots

in memory of Hossein Okhovat-Moqaddam I wash my old hiking boots And with the tip of my finger Brush their muddy treads. Oh, Dried mud! From which land do you … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Yalding, Kent

Inside my friends’ house (in the 18thcentury,   a shop), I wake to the clank, clank, clank of the blacksmith’s hammer hard against iron, yellow orange, I imagine, from the forge.  . … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mr. Death

. An exclusive interview with Death as he goes about his everyday business. Written and directed by Andreas J. Riiser. Andreas J. Riiser is a Danish-Norwegian filmmaker based in Oslo. … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Robert Gibb: Enactments of Identity

Years ago the friend of a friend called me
A “Professional Irishman.” Fair enough.

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Video: All Along the Watchtower — Playing for Change

I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

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