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Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden: Go Granny Go!

Elisa visited a Dallas boys’ migrant detention facility. “This hit me. This could have been my father. It was like a prison. The kids were depressed. Some were suicidal. It was heartbreaking.”

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Majid Naficy: Two Neighbors

The scent of chicken tahchin
Is wafting up to me
Through the window
And I know soon
She will knock at my door…

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Why Does White East Palestine, Ohio Get Apologies, But None for Black Cancer Alley?

East Palestine, Ohio is getting endless apologies as Cancer Alley in Louisiana deals daily with a petrochemical wall of denial.

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Robbi Nester | Fog and Moonlight: Margaret in her Nightgown, alone in Bella’s yard

You threw off the rumpled sheets, 
glided down the stairs and out the door,
leaving it open behind you

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Abby Zimet: Banning Eagle Song, Dragons Love Tacos, A Thai Lullaby and Pink! To Protect the Children

The nationwide rush to “protect the innocence of children” from the perils of thinking for themselves accelerated last week…

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Daniel Tobin: The Lens

Into the wreck an available light
reigns down, more mist than glitter

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Matthew J. Parker: Educating Girls | An Earth-Saving Enterprise

Educating girls is a critical means of heading off climate change.

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Declan McCabe: The Science Behind Streams and Rivers

65% of the river water discharging to our oceans is associated with threatened habitats.

March 27, 2023 · 3 Comments

Mary Jane White: Axe

Always the trapped smell of sunlight
& the oiled axe to split the last of the kindling
& the bank’s rippled edge & the heavy suckerfish

March 27, 2023 · 4 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: It Takes a Lifetime

They’d both mastered the ‘poetics of place,’
small-town Mississippi and post-war California.
Welty believed & surely Macdonald agreed:
‘No art ever came from not risking your neck.’

March 27, 2023 · 8 Comments

Video: Homesick

An absurdist thriller about an unhappy man who attends a retreat offering adults a second chance at a happy childhood. 

March 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Chard deNiord: Tree of Wisdom

I am taken in by its stand and breadth,
marveling at its brawn and reach of branches,
studying each leaf like the page of a sacred book,
embracing its trunk like a void.

March 26, 2023 · 9 Comments

Video: “The Tub” by Amy Hempel (with text)

My heart—I thought it stopped. So I got in my car and headed for God.

March 25, 2023 · 2 Comments

Richard Feynman: Letter to Arline

I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you.

March 25, 2023 · 6 Comments

Julia Conley: UN Urges Global Cooperation as Quarter of Humanity Lacks Safe Drinking Water

“Water is our common future and we need to act together to share it equitably and manage it sustainably,” said the director-general of UNESCO. 

March 24, 2023 · 4 Comments

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