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Barbara Crooker: In the Middle

Each day, we must learn
again how to love, between morning’s quick coffee
and evening’s slow return.

June 5, 2023 · 14 Comments

Sydney Lea: The Yogurt Cure

I grow more and more reminiscent, it seems, though that’s a relative assessment. Like my old poetic hero Wordsworth, I opted for an elegiac tone very young in my writing … Continue reading

June 3, 2023 · 10 Comments

Al Ortolani: Picking Ticks Off the Dog

Pulling ticks is not for the faint at heart.

May 31, 2023 · 9 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Climate Change and ‘Heat Islands’ are Killing Black People

America’s history of redlining and other forms of housing discrimination means that climate change and the Black community are on a deadly collision course.

May 30, 2023 · 2 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Autistic Basketball

you rise with the memory
of your first taste of schoolyard
grace and lay it softly against 
the backboard

May 24, 2023 · 3 Comments

Connie Post: Estrangement     

you watch a burning city
from far away
and notice a pigeon flying towards you
gaining speed
pulling the sky’s edges with it

May 22, 2023 · 5 Comments

Video: Chinyanta Kabaso | The Dazzling Diversity of African Dance

The dazzling diversity of African dance — in 14 moves

May 20, 2023 · 6 Comments

James Davis May: Out Too Far

His wife, he’ll find out later, is worried
he hates them. How to tell her
that he sometimes doesn’t know how
he’s ended up in bed?

May 17, 2023 · 10 Comments

Greg Lobas: Her Animal Self

Hanging by a shred of flesh
next to the silky, glistening club of her ankle joint,
is a dangling puppet of a foot without the strings.

May 11, 2023 · 11 Comments

Aric Sleeper: How a Tribal Rights Lawyer Is Winning Back the Rights of Nature

Attorney Frank Bibeau found a way to legally protect nature by suing the state of Minnesota in the name of manoomin, or wild rice, sacred to the Ojibwe people.

May 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

James Crews: Small Moments

The world is not made only of sorrow
and heartbreak. Something always
slips through the gaps of a given day

April 30, 2023 · 9 Comments

Diana Raab: Lessons from My Grandmother

I was ten years old the morning I found my grandmother dead.

April 29, 2023 · 4 Comments

Kim Stafford: Poems for a Cause

Maybe we’re past hints and whispers,
our chance gone for subtle scents
and fugitive flavors—time for coffee
black, jolt of onion, garlic unadorned.

April 26, 2023 · 10 Comments

Video: How to harness the ancient partnership between forests and fungi

If we want to better understand the environment and combat climate change, we need to look deep underground, where diverse microscopic fungal networks mingle with tree roots to form symbiotic partnerships, says microbiologist Colin Averill.

April 25, 2023 · 9 Comments

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