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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Juniper White: The Distance Between Rings

let us sit under our words, a many-
ringed tree, bodies drunk on lost
time, listening to delicate leaves

August 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The World We are Passing on to our children and grandchildren

Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.

August 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tayve Neese: Blessing the Locusts

Let them, in their fixation,
make one song from a thousand bodies.

August 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: There was a Room in Antwerp

There was a room in Antwerp I loved so much
I never filled it with books, a bed, or a table.
It was alive with its own clarity

August 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Chamber of Commerce says it’s woke

Given how many African Americans die because of polluted air, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is no ally. It is just another cop standing to the side as Black folks are being asphyxiated to death.

August 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be…

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sandy Solomon: Lost, Departed, Late

In the Serengeti four elephants rest without heads,
bodies rising like boulders from the plain…

July 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Shefali Sharma: Public Money to Plunder the Planet|Development Banks Fund Big Meat and Dairy

The goal should be climate resilience and mitigation that helps empower local communities, indigenous peoples and workers while diminishing market power of oligopolies in agribusiness that drives social and environmental standards towards a race to the bottom.

July 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

José Alcantara: Countertop

The granite comes all the way from India,
but when I look closely, I see nebulae.

July 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Lauren Camp: Leather World, This Bird, This Sky

I came here from temporary
and perpetual rages—the whole sky
of wind. Secret birds
take the ruin of garden.

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg: Sunflower Sutra

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

July 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 15 Comments

Miriam Levine: Surfer at Wellfleet

It’s freezing
in the afterglow when he finally rises on his one long ride home.

July 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

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