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Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Video: Martín Espada reads “Imagine the Angels of Bread”

. As a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney, Martín Espada has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for Latino rights and reclaiming … Continue reading

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W.J. Astore: The Threat of Nuclear Weapons to America

. Did you know the U.S. has built nearly 70,000 nuclear weapons since 1945? Did you know the U.S. Air Force lost a B-52 and two hydrogen bombs in an … Continue reading

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Claude McKay: Dawn in New York

The Dawn! The Dawn! The crimson-tinted, comes Out of the low still skies, over the hills, Manhattan’s roofs and spires and cheerless domes! The Dawn! My spirit to its spirit … Continue reading

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Video: Worlds Apart (Heineken ad)

. You won’t find parties, loud music, or scantily-clothed women in Heineken’s latest ad campaign. Instead, the beer company went in a wonderfully different direction. The company’s #OpenYourWorld campaign is the exact … Continue reading

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Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Lapses of Rain

Even in dreams, I fail to recognize these men. They are white blurs, edgeless, still talking. They turn rivers into sludge. Eagles into silica; air to lead.  I wake up, … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman: This is what you shall do

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Politics

I want a kind of poetry that doesn’t bother either to praise or curse at parties or leaders, even systems, but that reveals how we are — inwardly as well … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Price: Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Earlier this month, Burger King aired a 15-second commercial whose intended audience—Google Home devices, web-connected virtual assistants that respond to spoken questions and commands—couldn’t eat a hamburger if they wanted … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Another Birthday and the Heart Sutra

Now well past the age T’Ang poets sent old men to the mountains to wander and live close to the bone. How a sudden gust could sound a chord through … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Goehl: Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination

This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” — David … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The Five Filters of the Mass Media Machine (animated)

. According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.  In this short animated film, … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: Civility and Academic Freedom

American Universities in the Age of Trump I’ve been teaching university-level courses – first as an adjunct, then as a full time academic – since January of 1987. In the … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Klare: Climate Change as Genocide

Inaction Equals Annihilation Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chuck Taylor: In the Woods Near Cut and Shoot, Texas

You brought her off the road And laid her on the kitchen Table – road kill, gorgeous, her pelt Clean, vigorous, youthful. Under the kitchen Fluorescent she seemed full of … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment