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Michael Gregory: Two Songs (audio and text)

I went to the drugstore and I looked inside
Saw my good gal had upped and died
Hung my head down and I cried
Don’t want no more war

July 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Sarah Boon: Finding the Mother Tree

In “Finding the Mother Tree,” forest ecologist Suzanne Simard illuminates the complicated and intimate world of trees.

June 27, 2021 · 4 Comments

Tayve Neese: At thirteen

Oh, Mariah, my life is now an apology
for how I forgot you, and let the tide
of my own life take me out to sea
when I knew that you needed me.

June 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

Kevin Shafer: Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

All men who support and care for children have a critical role to play in instilling positive social values in future generations.

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: How happy is the little stone

Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

June 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter| Nocturne: A Marriage

In the ancient night
the vines of summer choke
breath choke memory
blooms fatten and fall

June 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Early Dog Days in Vermont

It used to be you could live in Vermont without an air conditioner, or even a fan. The stores were very sparing in their shelf space for such things. Now, all the big retailers pile up boxes of cheap rattling room coolers as early as May, and sell them off.

June 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Emily De Ferrari: Sicilian Triptych

These honest waters, flow over the ancient debauchery of Baiae,
over the volatility of Marsili, bring to shore the bodies
but we do not see them.

June 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: Alphabet City

Longing has such a sense of history.

June 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Alex Mayyasiis: To be more tech-savvy, borrow these strategies from the Amish

Despite growing up within driving distance of Amish Country, I never expected to see the Amish as a source of tech-savvy guidance.

June 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

To end reliance on government-provided foods, many Native communities are seeking a different approach: a return to traditional foods and practices that are healthy and culturally centered.

May 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Richard Levine: Disturbing the Peace

“Do you want to know what war is about?”
Jake asked the talkative one. 
“Don’t say it, Jake,” I said. 

May 31, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: Air

An ode to human connection, ‘Air’ evokes through image and music the emotional resonance between people when they almost, but not quite touch.

May 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

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