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Olga Tokarczuk: The Tender Narrator (Nobel Lecture)

I believe I must tell stories as if the world were a living, single entity, constantly forming before our eyes, and as if we were a small and at the same time powerful part of it.

January 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

S. B. Merrow: A Becoming Place

A pop-up wilderness west of the Piedmont,
folded land of sudden impediments
scored by creeks and runs

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nick Engelfried: How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started.

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Snow Bound

The snow and the dark wind, the impassable wastes of one’s backyard, the icy draft that leaks in under the front door tell you you have no place to go. You must sit down and allow the slightly old-fashioned language of self to drift in.

January 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The end of civilization as we know it

I want to apologize for walking in
When the dog was licking
Your bald head as you lay
On the couch drinking rum
Straight from the bottle…

January 18, 2020 · 13 Comments

George Monbiot: Life Enhancing

Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.

January 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Quahogue

I knocked
and you showed me the letter
from your father who left when you were five.

January 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Frost: Storm Fear

I count our strength,
Two and a child,
Those of us not asleep subdued to mark
How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length…

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gerald Fleming: City of Breath

People here stop and listen to children’s conversations. People here not only wait in line—say, at the bakery—but in that line come to agreement as to who rightly should go first—the frail old man, for instance, who has trouble with his legs, the mother who needs to hurry home & cook, the busboy from the café sent to buy more bread for a sudden crowd, and only then the couple, plenty of time, buying bread for dinner.

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Andreea Sterea: The Looming U.S. Water Crisis

America is going through a water crisis, and we’re going to face even more dire times if it doesn’t begin to change soon.

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Mrs. Fields Style Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Myokos or Earth Balance vegan butter, room temperature 1 ½ Cup demara or other organic sugar ¼ Cup maple syrup 2 Egg Replacer eggs, prepared per instructions … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Stacy Bannerman: In 2020 Live Your Prayer

We need spiritual warriors willing to do the hard, heartbreaking work of becoming the light; capable of walking through the valley of the death of their old life and finding their way out.

December 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Chuck Taylor: Mad Love

for you are broken too, eh?
and mad like me for love

December 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

December 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

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