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Michael Simms: Strangers at the Door | Robert Gibb, Laure-Anne Bosselaar and Jose Padua

Here I want to call attention to three mature poets who have done extraordinary work, but have not, in my opinion, received the attention they deserve, and in the process explore different ways one can be an “outsider” in the poetry field.

June 10, 2023 · 1 Comment

Wendy Cope: After the Lunch

On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes,
the weather conditions bring tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I’ve fallen in love.

June 10, 2023 · 1 Comment

Claude McKay: The Lynching

The ghastly body swaying in the sun:
The women thronged to look, but never a one
Showed sorrow in her eyes of steely blue

June 9, 2023 · 5 Comments

Abby Zimet: Henry Kissinger is Still a War Criminal

Much stomach-churning, history-revising hoopla surrounded Kissinger’s 100th birthday last week.

June 8, 2023 · 8 Comments

Majid Naficy: Escape to Lesbos

In Ma’arra, the poet Abul ‘Ala
Was called a death-worthy infidel
And a thousand years after his death
His statue was beheaded.

June 7, 2023 · 6 Comments

Video: The Urgent Risks of Runaway AI — And What To Do About Them

Will truth and reason survive the evolution of artificial intelligence? AI researcher Gary Marcus says no, not if untrustworthy technology continues to be integrated into our lives at such dangerously high speeds.

June 6, 2023 · 3 Comments

Barbara Crooker: In the Middle

Each day, we must learn
again how to love, between morning’s quick coffee
and evening’s slow return.

June 5, 2023 · 15 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Weight

Desperate for an assertive American task, people will grasp at some very wretched straws. 

June 4, 2023 · 7 Comments

Sydney Lea: The Yogurt Cure

I grow more and more reminiscent, it seems, though that’s a relative assessment. Like my old poetic hero Wordsworth, I opted for an elegiac tone very young in my writing … Continue reading

June 3, 2023 · 14 Comments

Sappho: Fragments, on Love and Desire

Like the sweet-apple reddening high on the branch,
High on the highest, the apple-pickers forgot,
Or not forgotten, but one they couldn’t reach…

June 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Katharine Gammon: Overcoming Climate Chaos with Comedy

Turns out, being able to laugh at something increases our ability to understand it—and take action.

June 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

Al Ortolani: Picking Ticks Off the Dog

Pulling ticks is not for the faint at heart.

May 31, 2023 · 9 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Climate Change and ‘Heat Islands’ are Killing Black People

America’s history of redlining and other forms of housing discrimination means that climate change and the Black community are on a deadly collision course.

May 30, 2023 · 2 Comments

Michelle Bitting: Reporting Back

Those free-floating cabezas—
ancient, adrift
on song-strung shores
are always ready to party.

May 29, 2023 · 2 Comments

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