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William Butler Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky…

October 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ariel Dorfman: Sending Trump to Hell

For some time now, I’ve wanted to send Donald Trump to Hell. I mean this literally, not as a figure of speech. I want him to inhabit the palpable, sensory Hell that religions have long conjured up with scenes of sulfur, damnation, and screams of perpetual pain from those who once caused grievous harm to their fellow humans.

October 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ed Bieber: Cleverness

Nature is the master here: boundless, unpredictable,
full of astonishments. The children come next. I follow.

October 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: In the Name of Humanity, I Am My Mother’s Savage Daughter

Since the 2016 election, over 15 million teens have turned 18 and and can now vote; this year alone, 4 million more can vote, and another 15 million will become eligible for the 2024 election.

October 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Molly Fisk: Native Landscape

Back then, the new growth on redwoods was the brightest
green and tasted of citrus, a good vitamin source if you were lost
in the woods, which I wasn’t, I was pure found girl skipping…

October 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Weis: History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders

Healing begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving and caring for one another as Americans.

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: As the Virus Rampages through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price

Essential workers in the United States continue to face relentless and tragic pressures, most notably from federal and state leaders who dismiss the science on COVID-19, and from bosses who mock the use of masks, skirt or ignore recommended safety protocols, and skimp on protective equipment.

October 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jason Irwin: Their Hands

All I remember were their hands holding me down: my mother’s father’s, a young nurse who gripped my left arm, and the doctor, who, before each prick into my skin, assured me it wasn’t a needle, just his finger.

October 15, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Why we must win

The Democrats have to win the 2020 election. Our survival as a nation, and perhaps as a species, depends on removing the criminal organization that the GOP has become and starting our journey to a just society. We owe this victory to our children and our grandchildren.

October 14, 2020 · 7 Comments

Paul Christensen: The October Twilight

Leaf by leaf, the sky unfolds its ancient sunlight and lets the fragments of history drift to the ground, one broken fact at a time. How difficult it is to gather up the ruins of time and try to make sense of what we are — the foreground we emerged from, the burden of our legacy as inheritors of shame and guilt.

October 11, 2020 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He said

Donald Trump has been a master of carnage in a way no one could have imagined.

October 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Judith Sanders: Autumn Walk at Beechwood Farms

You said, Name the world.
So I said, I call this a spangle tree.
How about, you said, a rose-hued spangle tree.
That’s beautiful, I said.
Let’s name the world together.

October 7, 2020 · 7 Comments

Mark Hertsgaard: A Second Trump Term Would Be ‘Game Over’ for the Climate, Says Top Scientist

Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens.’

October 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: ‘Years of Repair’ New Animated Film Imagines the Future to Come Inspired by a Vision of Justice and the Common Good

People need a story about what they’re fighting for, and what they’re demanding from their governments. Not a laundry list of political demands—a vibrant story of how we win a safer, fairer world for all – and specifically, what that looks like.

October 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

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