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Paul Buchheit: The 50-Year Takeaway From Middle-Class America

We should be demanding the same benefits enjoyed by less wealthy but more progressive nations.

December 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jane Braxton Little: Inferno

Climate Disaster Is Turning the Planet into a Tinderbox.

December 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Peter Makuck: Tiger Swallowtails

clusters of fluttering wings
yellow with black stripes
in and out
of the white and orange lantana

December 13, 2022 · 7 Comments

Nicole Froio: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

The concept of cuerpo-territorio (“body-territory”) around which the Xinka women in Guatemala organize themselves recognizes the interconnectedness between human bodies and all other living beings. 

December 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Peter Blair: After Image

In December, the shadows of tree trunks
stay long all day, dark compasses pointing
northwest to northeast by afternoon.

December 10, 2022 · 2 Comments

Veronica Frans, Jianguo Liu: Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature 

A biodiversity crisis is reducing the variety of life on Earth. Under pressure from land and water pollution, development, overhunting, poaching, climate change and species invasions, approximately 1 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction.

December 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Gary Fincke: A Murder of Crows

Driving home, I see all of them
By the highway, pecking at
Whatever is splayed out and torn

December 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Last Rites

The coyotes were here first! I tell my neighbors when they complain. Between the drought and gentrification the coyotes have turned brazen. Bold as fuck. Scrawny, hunger-crazed creatures. My pets are … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · 12 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

For Indigenous people in the U.S., food is considered a sacred gift. Healthy and bountiful produce is received when we care for the land.

November 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Barbara Crooker: Poem For My Birthday

Send me a heart of gratitude for this long afternoon
of goldenrod light falling across my typewriter
and a sky so blue I want to bite it like an apple.

November 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Denise Duhamel: Ego

I just didn’t get it— even with the teacher holding an orange (the earth) in one hand and a lemon (the moon) in the other, her favorite student (the sun) … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Leonard Susskind | Why Black Holes are Astonishing

Black holes warp space and time, squeeze matter to a vanishing point, and trap light so that it cannot escape. Black holes, with masses millions or billions times that of … Continue reading

November 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Allen Stein: Contact Trace

they’d determined that he’d picked up the Covid
while getting fitted for tortoiseshell bifocals
to replace the pair his puppy had chewed

November 17, 2022 · 8 Comments

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