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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Peter Schireson: Voyage of the Beagle

The guy on the barstool next to m
is wearing a t-shirt that says Mi Taco Es Mi Taco.
I say, “Nice Shirt.”

May 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Planet is on Fucking Fire

Bill Nye: “I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?”

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Carolyn Gregory: Listening to John Coltrane on my Mother’s Death Day

Swirling, confident, those sax notes stretch and blow
above the drums, full of his blue notes,
fifty years ago, new as now.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Caedmon’s Hymn

One evening, as the monks sang and played the harp, Caedmon slipped away. He knew no songs. Thus embarrassed, he spent the night sleeping with the animals. In his dream, “someone”, Bede says, approached Caedmon, and asked him to sing of the beginning of all things.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Mosaddegh at The Hague

If you go to the Netherlands
Visit The Hague Court of Justice
On a rainy night

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Question on a Wednesday Night

And you, my love.
Why do I feel alone without you
Whom I have never known?

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

John E. Finn: How the alt-right corrupts the Constitution

Most observers think the alt-right are conservative extremists, defined chiefly by their loud and proud commitment to white racial superiority and privilege. But there’s much more to the alt-right.

May 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Carla Bell: Black Communities Are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing

The program is designed to teach children their role in nature, to respect and care for the land and its creatures; and to grow, preserve, and cook the food made available by the land.

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Cornelius Eady: Nina’s Blues

We drum rest
We drum thank you
We drum stay.

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: For a Buried Doll’s Head, Manufactured 1890s

Be careful, said the bottle miner,
Don’t let the dirt out —
It holds her eyes in place.

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ralph Nader: When Will the Contented Classes Rise Up in Rebellion?

Until the contented classes wake up and organize for change, history has shown, our country will continue to slide in the wrong direction.

May 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Liz McAlister’s fearsome mom-ness

The world may know her as an antiwar leader, a fearless Plowshares activist and the wife of Phil Berrigan, but to her children Liz McAlister is simply mom — and … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Dispatch from Gaia

Mother’s cawing, “You must do what seems impossible now,
but you’ve done it before.”

May 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

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