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Sabine Oishi: When the US bombed Switzerland

Although Switzerland was not actively involved in WWII, it suffered a total of seventy bombings by Allied airplanes between 1940 and 1945.

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Kate Daniels: The Poem

Niobe had just lost her son.
To help herself, she read a poem
to those assembled in the funeral home

January 25, 2023 · 9 Comments

Gary Fincke: Headcheese, Liverwurst, a List of Loaves

Our refrigerator
Opened to liverwurst,
Headcheese, a list of loaves:
Luncheon and Luxury

January 24, 2023 · 7 Comments

Katherine Rapin: Nature’s Tools Help Clean Up Urban Rivers

Bringing back bivalves and reintroducing aquatic plants can connect people to their waterways—and the ecosystems we all depend on.

January 19, 2023 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter: Sleeping with the Cat

the bossiest boyfriend I have ever entertained,
crammed between my knees, purring himself into glory

January 18, 2023 · 6 Comments

Video: Wooden Wheel | A Filmmaker’s Tender Tribute to Her Seafaring Father

Grounded by a sailing injury, Arthur still finds solace in the Irish Sea.

January 17, 2023 · 3 Comments

Jose Padua: Feasts, Reincarnations, and Other Elegies for Days Gone By

Now we live in the age of vapors, gasping
for breath, running for the exits. In the middle of
dim rough days and cruel centuries, let our love
be electric, and our home a movable foundation.

January 17, 2023 · 4 Comments

Lisa Zimmerman: Missing Billy

You wore sobriety like a t-shirt
with the sleeves hacked off.

January 16, 2023 · 19 Comments

Michael Simms: Sacred Sleep

My sleep is punctuated with terror
and excursions into weirdness,
and I usually wake in the dark hours

January 14, 2023 · 40 Comments

Video: Rosie King | How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic.

January 14, 2023 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Ghost

The old man finally just went away
to live in the mountains. Two goats,
a dog for company. The wind
made a harp of the pines.

January 12, 2023 · 11 Comments

Charlie Amáyá Scott: Beyond the Binary | Retelling the Diné Creation Story

I have spent years learning and unlearning what it means to be Diné and to be Queer and to be Trans in this world—this world that denied me First Woman’s gift. Now I am reclaiming this gift.

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Video: Good Grief

On the day of her dad’s ash-scattering, Nora rejects the notion that her grief comes in five tidy, predictable stages.

January 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Christian Jarrett: The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

Here we spread some bad news about… well, all of us… through 10 dispiriting findings that reveal the darker and less impressive aspects of human nature…

January 7, 2023 · 8 Comments

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