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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nina Kossman: Upon seeing a portrait of Genrikh Yagoda* on a wall in a Moscow police station

so many feet that did not run away,
so many mouths that did not speak,
so many inheritors of what can’t be described

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Carlotta’s Face

Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.

April 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: The Last Honey Hunter

A sacred dream sends one man on the perilous trail of toxic honey in Nepal.

April 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Angel Behind Bars

It was hard to tell if they were raising or lowering it
into or out of the Parisian light.

April 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

Nina Kossman: The Bomb

A bomb said to a city:
“I’m falling.”

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Youth

A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters | Lacquer, Gold and Cane

Mario Agustín crafts religious icons and lavishly adorned plates from local plants, soil, insects and cow urine to create unique materials and brilliant pigments, his crafts combine indigenous techniques dating back as far as 500 BCE with methods from the colonial era to create distinctly Mexican works of art.

April 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Via Dolorosa

In the coastal Mediterranean city of Málaga, home to one of Holy Week’s most historic and famed celebrations, processions feature massive thrones intricately adorned with Christian imagery.

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Little Brother

Little Brother charts the transitional time of adolescence when childhood ends and independence comes into fruition.

March 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Fork

In a museum, a woman looking at a Fork exhibited as a piece of art lets her imagination run wild.

March 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

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