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Video: What Men Fear Most

. London-based actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrel’s new film focuses on the emotional affects of modern masculinity: “Masculinity is something that people kill and die for….If you are emotional you … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

James Wright: Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

In the Shreve High football stadium, I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville, And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood, And the ruptured night … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: When you’re such a weasel, even your own siblings can’t stand to see you elected

. Between contemplating the sorry spectacle of world leaders laughing out loud at Dear Clown Leader and awaiting the latest Kavanaugh implosion of scandal and lies – best headline goes … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Catullus: “You ask how many of your kisses, Lesbia”

Quaeris, quot mihi basiationes tuae, Lesbia, sint satis superque. quam magnus numerus Libyssae harenae lasarpiciferis iacet Cyrenis oraclum Iouis inter aestuosi et Batti ueteris sacrum sepulcrum; aut quam sidera multa, … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Time does not bring relief

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied Who told me time would ease me of my pain! I miss him in the weeping of the rain; I want … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lindsay Koshgarian: Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

The US military budget sucks up an enormous amount of resources without making the world more peaceful or democratic. Here are a few ways we could better spend that $717 … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: Odysseus in Paris, 6 a.m.

I’m leaning out the window, looking up Rue Pascal, up the hill toward Mouffetard, where soon the markets will overflow with fresh produce and fish, and dozens of restaurants will … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: A Way to Talk About Race, 6 Words at a Time

The Race Card Project eases people into conversations around the uneasy topic of race and racism. . If you were asked to sum up your thoughts about race in six … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Judith A. Brice: Mourning Calls

From beyond the brume, beyond the horizon, she swims, the mallard’s mate, a wail for a call, brief before the wait for her next plaint, shortened and hoarse   From … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert Reich: Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th

In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one. Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sherry Brennan: You can teach kids hard work, but first feed them

Growing up, I hated being on “food stamps.” I hated being walked into a welfare office and inspected, queried to make sure we were really our mother’s children. I hated … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Gibb: Deskulling the Slag Pots

i.   You’d see them in the railyard, Coupled and waiting in line To be topped off with that cargo Tapped from the blast furnaces: Magma they’d freight nightly Along … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Average Land

Even a person like you, paddling away in your outrigger canoe, counting strokes and plotting interviews with fans (or, contrariwise, splitting your proud bow on a sharp rock and girding … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Arnold R. Isaacs: Learning the Power of Lies

Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump It’s easy — and not wrong — to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. His … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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