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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

Video: My Expanded View

A Yoga tutorial. A collapsed body. An expanded view. Peace of mind gone horribly wrong.

August 22, 2020 · 4 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Poets and novelists have been writing about life under COVID-19 for more than a century

Good artists seem, in our alarming and prolonged time […] to be leaping over months, decades and centuries, to speak directly to us now.

August 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nafeez Ahmad: The Light at the End

When we emerge, we will have crossed a permanent threshold, from which there is no return, because there is simply no more “normal” to which to return.

August 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ira Sadoff: Emendation

I don’t have to go back
To my childhood, there’s nothing there
I still want…

August 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Beth Peyton: Physically Distant and Socially Awkward

“You’re not wearing a mask,” you said to the salesclerk.

August 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The World We are Passing on to our children and grandchildren

Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.

August 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Oh Darlin’

The intimacy
Of strangers is luminous, the way
We wish well for the man who lost
His car keys, the woman coming in
Out of the rain, the girl who missed
Her bus, the boy who stutters.

August 8, 2020 · 14 Comments

Dr. Michelle D. Holmes: Black Lives Depend on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Black Americans need science-based dietary guidelines in an acute way as they disproportionately benefit from federal nutrition programs that are mandated to follow the guidelines, such as school breakfast and lunch programs.

August 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tayve Neese: Blessing the Locusts

Let them, in their fixation,
make one song from a thousand bodies.

August 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Peter Schireson: Kindling

even years later,
I still feel
nothing

August 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: Accountability in Trump’s America

All told, the U.S. president has been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight.

August 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: There was a Room in Antwerp

There was a room in Antwerp I loved so much
I never filled it with books, a bed, or a table.
It was alive with its own clarity

August 3, 2020 · 4 Comments

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