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Michael Simms: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: How to make 2,000 year-old Roman sourdough bread

. From The British Museum: In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Randall Amster: Young America

Perhaps we will someday look back on this time in a manner similar to how Gandhi saw India a century ago, on the cusp of a mass mobilization aimed at … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lindsey Royce: Portraits from the Juvenile Jail

. LaShawn You’re the watermark who impresses me years later. If you’ve lived, you’d be 33, the age Jesus, forsaken, took the nails. 13 in juvenile jail, Texas, you net … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 8 Comments

Walter Bargen: This Falling Away Age

We are at that age when any moment all words are last words. Some might argue that it could be any age and they are right: Golden (probably not), Enlightenment … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Matika Wilbur: I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

It is important to understand that decolonization is a physical action and that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 countries have decolonized; which is to say, … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: How We Fight Fascism

In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Beth Copeland: Bone Moon

Swallow a tablet that tastes like chalk. Chase it   with an aspirin. Already an inch   shorter than at 60, bones thinner, body that much   closer to the … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephanie Savell: The Wars No One Notices

Talking to a Demobilized Country I’m in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steve Nolan & NJ DeVico: The Orchestration Of War     

Steve Nolan writes: It’s one of the most common souvenirs of war, the constant ringing in the ears, or, in my case, a high-pitched squeal presumably caused by the Blackhawk … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marilyn Donnelly: In Last Light

  SUMMER CEREMONY The wedding tents are rising on the manicured lawn by the reedy marsh, white silken canopies shining against the scrub pine. The bride hides inside her flowered … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Christian Christensen: Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?

The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?” There is a sickness eating at … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Kids Have Had Enough

“The NRA is a terrorist organization.” With evidence growing that prayer will not stop bullets from killing school children, the kids themselves are stepping up to be the grownups in … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Nearer

All day our brilliant screens show without letup hysterical screamers winning money prizes, a woman sneering at another’s getup, boys doing jackass stunts in various guises, in aspiration to become … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · Leave a comment