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Paul Christensen: Nutshells

The inside of a nutshell is chambered like the heart, with little ridges and flanges where the nut grew and prepared itself for falling into the waiting earth. That’s what I smell when I hold up a nutshell to my nose. It is the odor of anticipation, the willingness to be sacrificed to the sharp teeth of an animal worrying the shell until it breaks.

September 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.

September 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

Piper: Why I’m Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.

Twenty-two activist climbers from Greenpeace blockaded the Fred Hartmann Bridge in Baytown, Texas Thursday morning in order to shutdown what they called “the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare” in the country. Here is a letter from one of the activists on the bridge.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miranda Cady Hallett: How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Considering that wealthier countries pollute more but are often shielded from the worst effects, how can responsibility be assigned for the harms of climate change? And more importantly, what is to be done?

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conn Hallinan: Climate Catastrophe Comes for Europe

This year’s floods and heat waves are but a fraction of what awaits the continent—unless a growing climate mobilization succeeds.

September 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Summer’s End

Summer is like old gold, dark with age. You feel its strength become mellow and pliable in the soft breezes. There is wisdom in the heat that still simmers along the edges of noon, as if it were trying to tell us that illness or aging are as natural as drawing breath.

September 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karen Friedland: Ahimsa

You could say
it was a vegetarian’s revenge

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chuck Taylor: Cutting

At first, I had no idea why the dogs were in the cages. I heard stories that the dogs were picked up running loose at night through many neighborhoods and delivered in old trucks to the hospital at night. I could tell that many of these dogs had been pets.

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Richard Wright: Haiku

I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away.

September 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Joseph Fasano: The Figure

You rise. You turn back to the room and repeat what you know:
The earth is not a home. The night is not an empty bridle…

September 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sarah Chavez: The Story of Death Is the Story of Women

It is clear that our society’s current denial of death is not working. What would our culture look like if we instead met the most mysterious, painful, and transformational aspect of our lives with compassion and clarity?

September 5, 2019 · 3 Comments

Video: Pia Klemp — Why I fight for Solidarity

Captain Pia Klemp and the ships she commands have saved over 14,000 people in distress at sea, but today she and nine crew members have been charged with “aiding and abetting illegal immigration to Italy” and face up to 20 years in prison.

September 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Fix and Release

‘Fix and Release’ explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough, Ontario as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before.

September 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

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