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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Paul Christensen: Three Cheers for Autumn

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. I closed the bedroom windows and shivered into my clothes, then hurried down to the kitchen to consult the … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Dean Goes Surfing

Dean is a teenage boy who loves breakfast, Rihanna, and finding freedom in a wave.

September 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: After 175 Years, Scientific American Backs Biden With Magazine’s First-Ever Endorsement

With unprecedented wildfires burning across western states, the Gulf Coast bracing for a hurricane, and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Scientific American on Tuesday gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden its first-ever endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history.

September 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: So, how are you?

So, how are you? friends ask, all kindness & concern,
heads cocked, eyes locked in mine.
&, just like that, I’m his again:
his wife, his widow

September 9, 2020 · 4 Comments

Karen Friedland: Tattered Curtains

they’re taking down
all the big trees in his back yard,
and next the shrubs, and now the small house itself

September 7, 2020 · 7 Comments

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mason Adams: Appalachia’s Deep History of Resistance

Protest runs through the region’s veins like coal seams through the mountains.

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Matthew Redmond: Emily Dickinson is the unlikely hero of our time

As the world continues to endure the ravages of COVID-19, another ghost of Dickinson steps into view.

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Agostino Petroni: How to Save the Sea | Lessons from an Italian Fishing Community

How one small stretch of coastline went from a hotbed of drug smuggling to a model of ecological restoration.

August 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ellery Akers: Rachel Carson

I think of the way she knew
that eels slid from brook to brook
and then to the sea.

August 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Robert Walicki: Two Poems

I’m stumbling out of the dark and back down again,
winding out of the rutted valleys of the Mon,
ass crack of the world and broken roads…

August 25, 2020 · 7 Comments

Belle Chesler: Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?

We’re living in a nation struggling to come to terms with the deadly repercussions of a social safety net gutted even before the virus reached our shores and decisions guided by the most self-interested kind of politics rather than the public good.

August 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

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