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Kristofer Collins: An Old Man Poem

for Bill Gainer   You said to get in touch should I ever need an old man to do the heavy lifting, if I ever found myself in foreign jungles … Continue reading

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Sarah Anderson: The Alt-Right and the 1%

When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites. When President Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, 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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Doug Anderson: Hourglass

Began to watch the hourglass when there were seven grains left in the neck, each one particular, crystalline, containing a world neglected up till now, what mansions and rivers are … Continue reading

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Mel Packer: Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

Now, some might say, “Radical?, King was no radical!” And, in fact, the image all too often projected in our children’s classrooms and in the mass media on MLK Day … Continue reading

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Alison R. Parker: Mother of Heather Heyer urges action — “If I gotta give her up, we’re gonna make it count.”

In a poignant and rallying message, Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke beautifully about her daughter’s life — and how all of us can honor her … Continue reading

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Leonard Gontarek: National Security

  Monday: Alphabet Soup. Tuesday: Alphabet Soup. Wednesday: Punctuation Soup.   The sun cinches the edge of winter trees.   Why this talk of seeing into your own nature? Huang … Continue reading

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Jon Tribble: 38,000,000 Reasons

I had left the Colonel and his kitchen behind for good and was detoxing as a movie theater usher in the last of my senior year of high school, but … Continue reading

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Kareem Tayyar: On Queshm Island, Iran

Last night I saw you in the Valley of Stars. “Ghost country”, you called it, As you floated through the rock formations like a prophet in love with the loss … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Dirty War

desaparecido it’s not the police you see Eduardo says fear the police you can’t sometimes you hear the missing sometimes you don’t they open their mouths and make that sound … Continue reading

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George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

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Ken Schwencke: Why Don’t People Report Hate Crimes?

It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: James Baldwin

I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading

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Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Virginia is for Lovers, not Nazis

. “I’m absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I maintain….love will prevail y’all.”  Trae Crowder is an American comedian and author. Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys Slump in front of tattoo parlors Scratching their arms. Girls In short skirts take long pulls On cigs, stand in groups Smiling at … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 18 Comments