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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Isaiah J. Poole: Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus | Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts

The next wave of infrastructure spending cannot be business as usual. The Green Stimulus plan offers a necessary framework for getting this right.

April 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Liz Moran: Another Moon Ode

Old moon
I see you

April 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Anne Fishel: Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Being stuck with your partner 24/7 may leave you pondering the expression “for better or worse, but not for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

April 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Morning Blend

Every morning my love
Brings me a cup of coffee
With a piece of dark chocolate.

April 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: A Zombie Love Story

All over the world, mutual aid groups have blossomed where governments have failed, as people support each other through the pandemic.

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: The Lineage

the poets, tethered to each other
in the popular mind as if we were one
big family and we are

April 6, 2020 · 8 Comments

David Watts: Blessing in the Midst of Siege

We are cloistered in our houses
dodging a horrible virus
but it almost feels like blessing.

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Birds of the Mississippi Delta

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes us on a bird-tour of the Mississippi River Delta. The Louisiana wetlands that they call home are fast disappearing.

April 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Caty Borum Chattoo: Take it from Pluto the Schnauzer — Comedy will help us through the coronavirus crisis

Comedy serves crucial cultural functions as we deal with tough challenges: sharing and amplifying messages, addressing taboo topics in accessible ways, and inspiring us to feel emotions of hope and optimism…

April 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Ten things to do before I start writing today

Read what I wrote yesterday — hate it. Read what Sam wrote yesterday — love it. Hate Sam. Think about 45-year friendship with Sam. Remember him stealing my girlfriend in college. No, wait that was me — I married her….

April 4, 2020 · 12 Comments

Benjamin Neuman: What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

As with SARS, most of the damage in COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is caused by the immune system carrying out a scorched earth defense to stop the virus from spreading.

April 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lynn Ungar: Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?

April 3, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Very Good Job (At Slow-Rolling, Mass Negligent Homicide)

On a day the U.S. saw over 139,000 cases and at least 2,425 deaths, the ever-classy Trump boasted his briefings’ “ratings” reached “Bachelor Finale, Monday Night Football type numbers.”

April 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Scale

After that, he spots
specks of lint, dust motes that grow with his attention
so huge they change into solar systems with planets
where he might see cities, rooftops and, who knows,
even a man mowing a his lawn, if he had the time.

April 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

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