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Gaby Garcia: Heat

When the world burns, we will be like the women
of Pompeii who left their bread loaves to bake—
our laundry mid-cycle, newspapers turned
to the op-eds, windows open to catch a breeze.

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Judith A. Brice: Notes On A Postcard

The picture would portray a few
flowering apple trees profuse in bloom
their parchment petals set
to sail with the wind, take off

May 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Stephanie Hiller: COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Could this be the beginning of a new food economy?

May 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Musings with the Nightingale

A friend in Connecticut has lost
over 40 friends and relatives to covid-19.
Overwhelmed with grief,
he can no longer speak.

May 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Robert Wrigley: The Consciousness of Everything

That time’s lost now, when a stone could hurt,
when a feather missed its wing,
when sky kissed clouds and grass kissed dirt
and nothing thought itself just a thing.

May 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Luara Ferracioli: For a child, being carefree is intrinsic to a well-lived life

Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stephon Alexander: The Physics of Jazz

Physicist Stephon Alexander narrates how he came to understand the parallels between quantum particle theory and jazz composition.

May 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Logic tells us that antimatter should have annihilated the Universe. So why hasn’t it?

If there’s no more matter than antimatter in existence, then the Universe should have annihilated itself soon after the Big Bang – yet, here we are. This brief animation breaks down this extraordinary, nearly century-long science puzzle, detailing some of the surprising explanations posited by contemporary physicists.

May 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Pam Uschuk: Like Obsidian’s Idea of Itself | Operation Uplift During the Pandemic

Each day my friend asks us to share
evidence of grace, photo trails of kids laughing,
prayer flags strung with petals

May 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

W.S. Merwin: Shore Birds

While I think of them they are growing rare
after the distances they have followed
all the way to the end for the first time

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: This bird-of-paradise in New Guinea sounds like something from another planet

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a glimpse into the world of this idiosyncratic little bird, which has proven notoriously difficult to photograph in its rugged natural habitat.

May 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Jade Begay: What Indian Country Remembers About Survival

Community is central in the Indigenous response. Identify who in our community is most vulnerable and strategize the best ways to protect them.

May 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: W. Eugene Smith in Minamata, Japan 1971

Smith frames: Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath
The mother cradles Tomoko, her misshapen daughter.
Light through a dark window.
A post-modern pietà.

May 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

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