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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

Was my father’s leftover stuff the key to who he really was?

June 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Cornelius Eady: Charlie Chaplin Impersonates a Poet

Here is the little tramp, standing
On a stack of books in order
To reach the microphone

June 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield

out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs—all this resinous, unretractable earth

June 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: The Agonizingly Beautiful Noses of Norwegians

Tonight, Albert Albertson took me to a foreign film at the Cinemaclub – a Norwegian film in which ten gorgeous people died. The women had agonizingly beautiful noses. Their deaths were as agonizing as their noses, and it seemed fitting, or at least it fit, and I didn’t feel as sad as I would have felt watching normally attractive people die.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Drunkard’s Path

From the table I selected a Big Book:
“The more hopeless he feels, the better.”

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother, 1936

Dorothea Lange took this photograph in 1936, while employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) program, formed during the Great Depression to raise awareness of and provide aid … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mobilize

In her short film Mobilize, Caroline Monnet – a Canadian filmmaker and artist of French and Algonquin origin – uses archival documentary footage to honor the restless diligence of Canada’s indigenous people.

May 26, 2019 · 1 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 · 1 Comment

Video: Mumford & Sons — “Beloved”

A boy visits his mother in the hospital and imagines a perfect day with her: And as you leave you must know you are belovedAnd as you leave I can … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Liberty is Crumbling

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ― Abraham Lincoln

May 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Lonesome Willcox

                            Rex Allen, The Singing Cowboy . . Willcox, Arizona is a country music town that isn’t … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Cataract

Prayers and wonder in these arches flicker
into smoke and ash, a single, blind beating wing

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Skylight — More Than Meets the Eye

This revealing video from the American Museum of Natural History guides us through celestial views at several electromagnetic frequencies, demonstrating how specialised telescopes reach beyond the visible spectrum to help demystify the observable Universe.

April 21, 2019 · 2 Comments

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