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The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Thank you, Mr. President

Barack Obama: School’s out! . Thank you, President Obama! You served the country with dignity, grace, and honesty. You accomplished a great deal in eight years. You pushed through health … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Gerald Fleming: To My Student Kenny, Before the Inauguration of Donald Trump

Who will speak these days, if not I, if not you?             —Muriel Rukeyser . November 9, 2016  Mr. Fleming,  I can’t believe what happened last night. I am shocked, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: Messengers of the Right

When news media changed its definition of objectivity, they opened the door to ignorance & Trumpism. Once upon a time, the news media defined objectivity as presenting the facts, and … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fran Korten: The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?

Many of us have never had our courage or convictions challenged in frightening ways. That may change. The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Live Myth

I would believe in the unicorn if it stood heaving and slathered, snapping flies off its flank with its tail. It does not smell of sweat and stable, does not … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Anonymous: Wynter Wakeneth Al My Care

Here is a lovely winter lyric (c. 1310) in its original Middle English spelling, followed by a modern English paraphrase. Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Don’t Lie Down

There will always be bigots who insist on denying the rights of others not like them, and those driven by greed who only want to take, to consume and devour … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Afterglow

. This short lyrical film by Sweetgrass Productions won “Best in Show” at the 2016 New York Drone Film Festival. Afterglow has been hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President- Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Christine Rhein: Letter from Flint to Lansing

 I will fix it. — Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State 2016   Come and rock our babies, hold their bottles and their cups. Stop saying you are sorry. … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Pablo Neruda: Poetry is Rebellion

I have never known how to be eloquent in my appreciation. The world’s magnitude, knowledge, acknowledgement, the joy of a gift received, smooth as a comet’s passing, all this and … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 1 Comment