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Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

T.E. Hulme: Autumn

And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It’s Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence

What is it going to take to stop this madness?

October 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Beard 18

The Zohar tells us a beard embodies the 13  attributes of mercy and compassion, yet sometimes I care  only about myself.  I love the snow in its falling, though, I … Continue reading

October 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom McCarthy, Julian Borger: John Bolton sounded alarm about Rudy Giuliani’s actions

According to Fiona Hill, a high-ranking National Security Council official, Giuliani was acting in concert with White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, in a rogue operation

October 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elena Karina Byrne: Marlene Dumas : World Evil is Banal

I stood up, willed for nothing. I looked into this liquid mirror until she
looked back & remembered me holding out the scissors like albatross wings

October 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lauren Worth: How Local Communities Can Tackle the ‘Death Gap’

Working-class Americans die younger. Here’s what your town can do about it.

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Baldinger: David Ogden Stiers

I can’t come off the night shift schedule
so I get 4 hours sleep a night for a week
drool all day, try not to pass out standing up
god forbid I catch a nap, sleep with a bag of diapers under my head

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain

Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy.

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Oil Strike

The fossil fuel industry intends to accelerate production, spending nearly $5 trillion in the next 10 years on developing new reserves. It is committed to ecocide.

October 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Ghosts and Memories

It’s the place where the dead are sleeping, barely breathing in the moist black earth along the creek. They will rise when the time comes, and ask the living for a candle, perhaps a dish with a cookie on it.

October 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 18 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Between Animals

I imagined climbing the Everest of his body, perching on the top of his belly like a sexy squid, dangling my breasts over the shelf of his face like fishing lines.

October 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Nellie Bly Makes The News

An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote.

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

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