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Hedy Habra: The Taste of the Earth

Two fawns cross the creek. One of them pauses, linked
to his mirror reflection by the tip of his tongue, parallel
worlds merge on the fault line of a folded image.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dahr Jamail: Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD

Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Norman Solomon: Corporate Media Supports Anyone But Sanders or Warren

What’s at stake includes democracy—the informed consent of the governed—and so much more.

December 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ashish Sinha,Gayatri Kathayat: Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

Climate change first contributed to the meteoric rise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and then to its precipitous collapse.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Firmament

Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…

December 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Susie Cagle: ‘Fire is medicine’| The tribes burn California forests to save them

For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Origin Of Disease And Medicine

A Cherokee Myth

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Makuck: Grackles

But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
return

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nathan Williams: Experiencing Firsthand Failures of UN Climate Politics, I Realized Civil Disobedience Only Route Left

We exist in the midst of planetary tragedy. A tragedy that demands we face the truth and ask the hardest questions about how we now must live.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sally Bliumis-Dunn : Echolocation

I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: Northern Pike

We prayed for the game warden’s blindness.
We prayed for the road home.
We ate the fish.

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luray Gross: Fox Follows

At noon, fox lolls in the sun
rises and trots, pausing now and then
to look my way.

November 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sandra McPherson: On the Abundance of Shell Hinges after a Storm

How have these ligaments
held, for their umbones, each life’s intention
of never letting go?

November 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose

A prelude to what can be expected in the future was provided by the events of August and September 2017, when the military was called upon to provide disaster relief in the wake of three particularly powerful hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — at the very moment California and the state of Washington were being ravaged by powerful wildfires.

November 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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