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Michael Simms: Antbed

You may remember my father
died when I was eight
my mother closed up
the house and we went to stay
with my grandmother for a few months

November 17, 2019 · 4 Comments

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Pyne: California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age

We can envision Earth entering a fire age comparable to the ice ages of the Pleistocene, complete with the pyric equivalent of ice sheets, pluvial lakes, periglacial outwash plains, mass extinctions, and sea level changes.

November 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

S. B. Merrow: Reading Half-Earth

E.O.Wilson says we already know
what happens to elephants—to us—

when families are broken, when
matriarchs and memories are lost.

November 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Denise Levertov: At the Justice Department November 15, 1969

Brown gas-fog, white
beneath the street lamps.
Cut off on three sides, all space filled
with our bodies.

November 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Out of Chaos

When a judge handed me two life sentences, it felt like drinking a cup of fire.

November 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Regina Schwartz: Immigration | “Loving Justice”

When we fail to respond humanely to refugees, we not only deny their vulnerability, we also deny our own.

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Crews: God Particles

Call them God if you must
these messengers that bring hard evidence
of what I once was and where I have been…

November 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Patricia Spears Jones: an American haze

Trumpeter lilies argue the loudest scents — you could wrap
a fiesta with that smell

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Notes on the Crepuscular Effects of the Music of Thelonious Monk on the Noise of White Supremacy

the little glimmers
of late autumn light
are more than
enough to take you
where you need
to go

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Oreskes: The Greatest Scam in History

Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Visiting the Moon

I was fifteen years old
When I found the moon in the Biabanak sand dunes.

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Danny Sjursen: Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

A New Generation of West Pointers Joins America’s Hopeless Wars

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

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