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Stephen Dobyns: The Gardener

And he had imagined sitting in the evening
with his friend the Devil watching the small
human creatures frolic in the grass. They would
be like children, good natured and always singing.
When had he realized his mistake?

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Video: Vargsamtal/Nowness

. Would you choose to live wild and free as a wolf, or have a job with benefits, like a sled dog? Swedish-born Sven Engholm owns and operates a dogsledding … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

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Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of … Continue reading

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Sharon Fagan McDermott: What I Won’t Tell Myself

The moon salts the sky with stars and the only sounds in the house are the dog’s breath and the furnace’s belch through old pipes. On this coldest night of … Continue reading

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Video: ToR-RoT by Gail Langstroth

About this video, Gail Langstroth writes: Places and landscapes speak. They imprint an image, leave a question, a wordless gesture or desire in our limbs. When I first approached the … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Jacobson: Next to You, Permanence

I wrapped the corpse of a juvenile bull snake I found on the road around a slender branch of a young aspen tree, coiling it into three even loops. The … Continue reading

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OCEARCH: Track whales and sharks here

Here is a link to the coolest website ever! Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project that helps scientists collect previously unattainable data on … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Louie Skipper: The Work Ethic of the Common Fly

In the work ethic of the common fly the earth remembers who we are, and where.   Who fears the voice that is never at rest and always on the … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Marco North: The Street of Flowers

Two weeks ago, I spied those splotches of blood against the white concrete, the roses scattered across the sidewalk. I imagined it was a fist fight or a knifing at … Continue reading

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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Counted

In the park — while her mother  & another woman hold each other & kiss — the child counts pencils in a box:  one, two, four, five, seven. She has already … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater: The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next thirty years, while struggling to find funds to address the climate crisis.

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Jose Padua: From the Belly to the Head

In my immigrant culture
the custom was for children to live at home with
the family, to contribute to that home, and continue
to do so until they had families of their own,
but I never said that, never explained, never
wanted to say my people do things differently

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Adrie Kusserow: Skull Trees

South Sudan Arok, hiding from the Arabs in the branches of a tree,  two weeks surviving on leaves,  legs numb, mouth dry. When the mosquitoes swarmed and the bodies settled … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Murtaza Hussain: U.S. News Headlines on Israel-Palestine Show Systemic Bias

A new study calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily … Continue reading

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