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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Paul Christensen: A Memory

I remember standing in a south wind staring at a cut bank of the Brazos River. The ground above was lush and green, with some beef cows nibbling on tufts … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rivera Sun: The Bottom Line: Go for the Money

The knowledge of how activists can impact industry is powerful, especially if used strategically.

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Orion Over Burning Man

Last night at dusk a log cabin rumbled past,
front porch with three rockers, gable window.

May 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Trump’s Priorities for Action

Various power brokers may laugh at Trump’s vanities and object to his vulgarity and his selfishness and greed, but they also abet him because he serves to divide people while protecting elite privileges against reformers.

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mobilize

In her short film Mobilize, Caroline Monnet – a Canadian filmmaker and artist of French and Algonquin origin – uses archival documentary footage to honor the restless diligence of Canada’s indigenous people.

May 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rachel Carson: The Beauties and Mysteries of the Earth

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.

May 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Josephine Dickinson: Seven Dimple Cushions

Andrew tells us . there will be . all the usual . English songbirds . bluetits . robins . blackbirds . and the rest . but also . a backdrop . of seabirds . which is unique . and there will be . a sense of space

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luke Kemp: Civilisational collapse has a bright past – but a dark future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom towards the end of the 2nd millennium BCE was accompanied by riots, tomb-raids and even cannibalism.

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Voyage of the Beagle

The guy on the barstool next to m
is wearing a t-shirt that says Mi Taco Es Mi Taco.
I say, “Nice Shirt.”

May 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Planet is on Fucking Fire

Bill Nye: “I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?”

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Carla Bell: Black Communities Are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing

The program is designed to teach children their role in nature, to respect and care for the land and its creatures; and to grow, preserve, and cook the food made available by the land.

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Dispatch from Gaia

Mother’s cawing, “You must do what seems impossible now,
but you’ve done it before.”

May 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Alex Kirby: Humans Drive Sixth Mass Extinction — UN Report

About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion.

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

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