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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Adrie Kusserow: Fontanelegy

I felt the manic bird
of her heartbeat flutter into my throat,
her unfinished nerves sparking and misfiring,
the tiny wings of her blood rushing in and out.

July 6, 2020 · 4 Comments

William Petri, MD: What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

Here is a summary of what is known today about recovering from COVID-19, as well as what to expect from lingering effects.

July 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: On Silence

I am possessed of a brooding spirit, some ominous angel who has landed on my shoulders, staring at my ear. It wants to know why I do not understand silence, the poetry of space.

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Gail Langstroth | firegarden / jardín-de-fuego

About this short film, Gail Langstroth writes: One hot, summer afternoon in New York City, the poet Anne Marie Macari and I met at the Bouchon Café, Time Warner Center, … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Revolution

Revolution is comprised of 7 vignettes where individuals talk, discuss how being Black has impacted them and what the word revolution means to them.

July 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Aileen Cassinetto: There are no kings in America

There are no kings in America.
Only gilded men we can topple
again and again.

July 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sympathy

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling…

July 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Liberty

Issues of politics, gentrification, community and epistemology subtly collide in Humes’s evocative and assured short film, Liberty, which has won awards at Berlin, SXSW and the Miami Film Festival.

July 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gerry LaFemina: Hive Mind

We’ve been talking about the muse up until this point, today—how I don’t believe in such a thing. This stings their sensibilities. The bee in the classroom is a happy distraction.

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Domenico Agostini, Samuel Thrope: Apocalyptic Comfort

This is not the end. Lessons from ancient Iran.

July 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Miriam Levine: Invisible Kisses

And survivors with numbers tattooed on their arms, straight as a
bookkeeper’s sum,
the ink indelibly blue, unlike the blessedly changing ocean.

July 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Monica Gandhi: Can people spread the coronavirus if they don’t have symptoms?

5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Checklist

the red coal an angel places on the tongue like a treat

June 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

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