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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Francis Vergunst, Julian Savulescu: Five ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet

Over the next year, more than 50 billion land animals will be slaughtered for food around the world. Most of them will be reared in conditions that cause them to suffer unnecessarily while also harming people and the environment in significant ways.

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: This Against the Night

Sweet hyssop and the sweltering hives
from which sail bees, their resolute flight
into July, into my garden.

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: In Spite of Your Aching Body

In spite of your aching body
Get up from your bed
And come to watch the river

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Garden Monk

— Lucien Stryk, Davis, California, 1988

August 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

I broke into tears before the great abbey door because the lament of the elements had overwhelmed my heart.

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

Marco North: Landyshi (their ocean)

At night, the trees bend hard. The crows are awake, chattering their secret language in the darkness.

August 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Aviva Chomsky: Jobs, the Environment and a Planet in Crisis

Does organized labor actually support or oppose the Green New Deal? What about environmental organizations? If you’re not even sure how to answer such questions, you’re not alone.

August 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sandra Lubarsky: Speak the Name of Beauty

So beneficial is exposure to the natural world that a new global movement has arisen to declare access to nature a human right.

August 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: Lifeboat Earth

Feckless democrats or reckless authoritarians: Lifeboat Earth doesn’t stand much of a chance with such options.

August 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Karen Friedland: These Limpid Days

how ridiculously grateful I am now
for whatever divine forces brought me here,
to this very porch, this very summertime

August 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Jones Beach

He went out. Into the ocean’s black maw. To save. To rescue. Didn’t, as they say, come back. Death is funny like that, precise, dissolute.

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.

August 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Frances Moore Lappé: Blood on Our Hands — How We Help Drive Immigration North

Where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of U.S. weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?

August 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

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