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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Harriet Powers: Quilt Maker

“The dark day of May 19, 1780. The seven stars were seen 12 N. in the day. The cattle wall went to bed, chickens to roost and the trumpet was blown. The sun went off to a small spot and then to darkness.”

February 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Black Owned — Chicago

Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Huntsville Station

Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them spend their first minutes out of prison on phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

February 21, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: The Prisoner’s Song

Now if I had wings like an an-gel
O-ver these pri-son walls I would fly
And I’d fly to the arms of my poor dar-lin’
And there I’d be wil-ling to die

February 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Black Owned — Jackson

Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Isabella Garcia: Re-Visionary Artists

These creators are reclaiming their pasts and futures through transformative art.

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Detroit

I think of the sound of factories in the voice
of an old boyfriend from The Cass Corridor –
cocoon of his attic bedroom, mattress on the floor,
candle light and books in that long season of snow

February 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

Video: Thirsty Kevin’s Big Date

Kevin goes on his first date in 20 years, but makes one disastrous mistake.

February 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Alexander discuss “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

President-elect Joe Biden, poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and a chorus of working fathers and sons join Poetry in America host Elisa New to reflect on Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays.”

February 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: A Sister’s Hope

Jamira Burley should be another product of the system. Instead, she has used the tragedies of her life to reshape her community, and disrupt the status quo.

February 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Kate Cheney Chappell: Earth Matrix

This suite of collagraphs explores our frayed relationship with the natural world, in particular, the harm done to frogs and other amphibians as a result of human contamination of their habitats.

January 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Willem Kusserow-Lair: The Cycle

Don’t let anyone tell you anything is separate in this world.

January 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Negative Space

Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space” is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.

January 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. Then she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her.

January 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

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