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Jessica Corbett: Court Orders Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

The decision to temporarily shut down DAPL came just a day after two energy companies cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that would have transported fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

July 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: Premonitions of Catastrophe

This was not the burning of witches or heretics
but the burning of a continent

July 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 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

Karen Friedland: Two Poems of Gratitude

There’s something to be said
for loving your life,
exactly as it is—

June 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: A Brief History Of Tree Hugging

The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace. They literally clung to the trees, while being slaughtered by the foresters.

June 27, 2020 · 10 Comments

Shoshi Parks: The Shared History of Wild Horses and Indigenous People

Horse sanctuaries along the Native American Horse Trail are working to save America’s last Indigenous horses and rewrite official histories that claim they don’t exist.

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Liz Moran: Telling the Bees (for JoAnn)

Your emptiness
depends upon the bees.

June 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Loretta Graceffo: Music is a living thing

We are all your children
If you hear us, join us now
We’re gonna strike because the waters are rising
We’re gonna strike because our people are dying
We’re gonna strike for life and everything we love

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts

Never forget how easily we love what survives to be loved.

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

M.A. Sinnhuber: In this Time

propel yourself forward—
as in airplane force
or Air Force or forceps
forcing a baby to be born

June 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Reluctant Summer

I could feel the rage building as I saw the nation writhe, then uncoil its wrath and take to the streets. I was demoralized to realize that my whole life had been lived in the twisted emotions of a country poisoned to its soul with racist hatred.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jane Goodall: Humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19

The famous primatologist calls for an overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic.

June 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

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