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Daniel R. Cobb: Women, Can You Rescue America?

American women, I beseech you. Many men in high places have made a giant mess of things for decades. Today, the US political and judicial systems are crashing. And the … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin: On Power, Oppression and Freedom

My country came together in one revolution and was nearly broken by another. The first revolution was a protest against galling, stupid, but relatively mild social and economic exploitation. It … Continue reading

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Mike James: What You Do

where i don’t feel quite as crazy with all my obsessions, peculiarities, hang ups, and ticks with all my lists of what’s worked what hasn’t at the job, at life, … Continue reading

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Barbara Edelman: The River

Trucks on either side of us like fists, like cities. Steep green against the highway. Cows and caved-in, slat-gray shanties   Someone hung her voice up on a hook.   … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: A Note from the Editor on the Vagaries of Publishing Poetry on the Internet

Once again, a poet has emailed me, peeved that a poem of hers that appeared in Vox Populi is not anything like the version she sent me. The line-endings and … Continue reading

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Bill Moyers: Experience Rikers Face to Face

  RIKERS Official Trailer (Email subscribers may click on the title of this article to watch the video.) . Over the years I have landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Chicago” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

  We honor Tom Hayden, tireless activist, lawmaker, writer, “radical inside the system,” now dead at 76 – both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council: Why We Resist

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by Houston, Texas based corporation called Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. which created the subsidary Dakota Access LLC. The DAPL, also known as the Bakken … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Gary Snyder: For All

Ah to be alive on a mid-September morn fording a stream barefoot, pants rolled up, holding boots, pack on, sunshine, ice in the shallows, northern rockies. Rustle and shimmer of … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daniel Burston: “It Can’t Happen Here”

Trump, Authoritarianism & American Politics:  “It can’t happen . . . Here. It can’t happen . . . Here.” I was 15 when I heard Frank Zappa and the Mothers … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dynamite Hill

for Angela Davis Nothing made her angrier than silence (and inaction)— made her skin prickle. Even as a child, she’d break up a dogfight on the hot streets of Birmingham. … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Beautiful Reactions

. This video is from a website appropriately named Beautiful Chemistry. Professor Yan Liang of the University of Science and Technology of China, along with co-creators Xiangang Tao and Wei … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Natural Playground

Here’s the upside to global warming. . Directed and Performed by Ben Leclair Co-produced by Kevin Calvez Filmed by Blackbird productions & Ian Curry . Ben LeClair . . Email … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Stephen Fry loathes dancing. See his rant performed – in dance

  . ‘Not so much an accomplishment as an affliction…’ Stephen Fry Hates Dancing turns a monologue by the British comedian into a celebration of the very art he despises. … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

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