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Jose Padua: A Short History of Monsters and Everything Else that Gives Substance to the Dream

in deference to the perverse dreaming
of the dwindling numbers of the upwardly mobile as
they trash and burn their merry way to their new luxury
condominiums decorated in beautiful pastel colors.

October 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Jose Padua: On These Passing Hours of Butterflies and Dangerous Living

In my darker hours I like to imagine a knitting club
where no one is allowed to smile.

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jefferson Carter: Cat & Transient

I swore I’d stop writing about liberal guilt
& about cats too, but I must confess
last night, I groomed our little black cat
with my tongue

September 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: Heat Wave

a squirrel is hurling insults, and beneath his screeches the cicadas
insist and sigh, insist and sigh, unmoved by his grandiloquent snit.

September 13, 2021 · 8 Comments

Jose Padua: In Proclamation to the Emperors of Agony

Seeing an audience in Central Park holding up their middle fingers in unison is one of my fondest memories—even though I wasn’t among those for whom the finger was intended.

August 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Banksy’s Most Excellent Spraycation

“A wall is a very big weapon,” Banksy says. “It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.”

August 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Gregory: This is your mind as green slime mold

mingling molecules and attitudes
sinews and desires platitudes and functions
nervous circuits and circadian rhythms pure crap
and masterful conceptions

August 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Audio: Gregory Corso reads his poem “Marriage”

Beat generation poet Gregory Corso reads his classic poem “Marriage” from his book, The Happy Birthday of Death, first published in 1960.

July 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Those Pesky Socialists Claiming There’s Anybody Here But White Men

The supposed dangers of truth-telling about history, even when we aren’t the good guys, is bedrock right-wing rubbish, because of course the truth can be a pain and then you have to learn, change, do better and ewww, who wants to do that?

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Moments with Crochet Hooks

Back then she and her mother waited for the phone to ring, for money to plump itself up and walk through their door. Moments passed with yarn and crochet hooks.

July 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rick Campbell: Another List of Things I Have Attended to Sloppily

The garden gates, once my pride, now
slanted, ajar, hinges rusted and failing.
The rails of Della’s tree house
that somehow escaped their nails.

June 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Only You

I woke this morning remembering the room we had in Paris which looked out on the Seine.

June 26, 2021 · 14 Comments

Abby Zimet: Planet Earth To Outer Space, When Bezos Blasts Off, Please Keep Him There

With enough money to end world hunger or curb climate change or house the homeless but evidently little will to do so, the founder of the dystopian empire of Amazon and the world’s second-richest man with an estimated $186 billion is instead taking an insouciant  space ride…

June 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

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