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Bruce Lowry: Just Long Enough

My desire is only this—to die someplace the earth made beautiful all on its own, the way a first-grader makes the morning glory out of construction paper and Elmer’s glue, … Continue reading

September 29, 2022 · 9 Comments

Video: Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe

An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe.

September 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Cast Out with Love

The Poetic Reconstruction of a Cornish Gansey, from Sheep to Sea.

September 24, 2022 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Portrait of Unknown Couple

He sketched in charcoal
the arch of a shoulder
the movement of a hand
the woman’s head
turned and tilted slightly
toward the man

September 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Richard Levine: More Light

At any moment, that heron might
slowly unfold its miracle
of flight, and stir the hypnotic tide
of quiet surrounding us

September 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michelle Bitting: The Great Fire

When plague grips a grand city in its pitch and airless
fist, flames bore holes in flesh that the rats sing
sweetly through.

September 21, 2022 · 7 Comments

Emily E. Schlickman, et al: A case for retreat in the age of fire as wildfires threaten homes in the West

As fire risk rises, is it time to consider managed retreat?

September 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alex Craven: The Climate Solution Standing Right in Front of Us — Mature and Old-Growth Forests

It’s not enough to solely reduce emissions; we must also sequester and store carbon.

September 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tiffani Patton: How a Methodist Preacher Became a Champion for Black-Led Sustainable Agriculture

Drought and extreme heat notwithstanding, Hutson said his dream—to make Allensworth once again a beacon of hope for Americans of color—is slowly becoming a reality.

September 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Chard deNiord: To the Luna Moth

Out of nowhere, which is every-
where, I sang to you with a tongue
in the form of a leaf as you fell
asleep…

September 6, 2022 · 9 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Breaking is part of healing

I was in a conversation recently with a friend who had just returned from a meditation retreat. She said one of the ideas shared with her group was that “the teacup is already broken,” a meditation on how the death or ending or brokenness we fear is inevitable.

September 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

Attracta Fahy: Two Poems

We walk home from the fields,
our young backs arched, aching,
from spreading slits.

September 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Jaimie G | Animals

Comedian Jaimie G talks about our treatment of animals, the environmental impact of animal agriculture and much more in this spoken word poem.

September 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

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