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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Stephen Dobyns: The Gardener

And he had imagined sitting in the evening
with his friend the Devil watching the small
human creatures frolic in the grass. They would
be like children, good natured and always singing.
When had he realized his mistake?

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Vargsamtal/Nowness

. Would you choose to live wild and free as a wolf, or have a job with benefits, like a sled dog? Swedish-born Sven Engholm owns and operates a dogsledding … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Next to You, Permanence

I wrapped the corpse of a juvenile bull snake I found on the road around a slender branch of a young aspen tree, coiling it into three even loops. The … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

OCEARCH: Track whales and sharks here

Here is a link to the coolest website ever! Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project that helps scientists collect previously unattainable data on … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater: The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next thirty years, while struggling to find funds to address the climate crisis.

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: Skull Trees

South Sudan Arok, hiding from the Arabs in the branches of a tree,  two weeks surviving on leaves,  legs numb, mouth dry. When the mosquitoes swarmed and the bodies settled … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: January’s Two Faces

Nothing can make the soul shiver more than to look upon those tree-covered slopes with their icy diamonds shimmering on their skin. They are there to remind you that your mortality means nothing to them. They stand for the severity of time, the rules of the universe that have nothing to do with our petty lives.

January 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Bird’s Landing, Monongahela

They were flying steady in the winter of ’56, from Nevada, the B-25, six men on board, three pilots and crew bound east. At a stop in Oklahoma, the snow … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Eisenstein: Why the Climate Change Message Isn’t Working

True, the Standing Rock movement failed to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, yet it revealed a tremendous latent power in that so many people were willing to go to such great lengths in defense of the sacred. What will be possible when that power is fully mobilized?

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

William Wordsworth: Tintern Abbey

Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798 . Five years have past; five summers, with the … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lorraine Chow: 10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperature Rise Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Counter Mapping

Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

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