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Video: Gregory Pardlo reads “Palling Around”

Gregory Pardlo reads “Palling Around” from his collection Digest (Four Way Books) which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jon Tribble: Appearances

. I wear no uniform but the skin I came into and changed with . the world’s knocks and years, scrapes and scars, no tattoos yet . coloring this pinkish … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eduardo Galeano: Mexico’s Women Liberators

. The centenary celebrations were over and all that glowing garbage was swept away. And the revolution began. History remembers the revolutionary leaders Zapata, Villa, and other he-men. The women, … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Rise of the New Black Radicals

The almost daily murders of young black men and women by police in the United States—a crisis undiminished by the protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter and by … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Browning: Killing Summer

I. The Washington Post, Section B, Local Briefs: another boy dead, and another – Across town. Down the block. In the alley. In his car. A few feet from a … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: The Hand of the Poet

  “I have a problem. I know you can’t help me, but I want to tell you anyway.” She approaches me after the first class of a four-week writing course … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Leonard Gontarek: Night

1 Let the man write about Philadelphia. He has a little cynicism in him. Cynicism is nothing. It’s black coffee with sugar. Let him write about the sirens floating around … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

Marc Jampole: Surveys show Americans succumbing to lies of the gun lobby

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that more Americans now believe that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, and a 2014 Gallup poll says that … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Anti-Capitalist Manifesto in Celebration of the Spring

Love is everything that isn’t despair. I am almost tempted to say this even though I don’t believe it’s true because there are so many things in-between. A competition lost … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Klare: The Renewable Revolution

Four Reasons Why the Transition From Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era Is Gaining Traction Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Audio: Jack Kerouac reads “October in the Railroad Earth”

Jack Kerouac’s paean to San Francisco. Jack Kerouac (born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: Nouns in their Habitats

New Pilgrims at Tinker Creek: I read Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for the first time when I was about fourteen years old. I don’t remember now what I … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: The Mirrors of Ingmar Bergman, narrated with the poetry of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was a fan of Ingmar Bergman’s work. She was inspired by the mood and imagery of the films, and she based her poem “Three Women” on Bergman’s film … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: This Machine Kills Hate — Healing America through art

Roberto Lugo says of the potter’s art: “I have a dream where I can change the world by making pots, showing others how to make pots, and by bringing those … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment