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Gary Fincke: Headcheese, Liverwurst, a List of Loaves

Our refrigerator
Opened to liverwurst,
Headcheese, a list of loaves:
Luncheon and Luxury

January 24, 2023 · 7 Comments

Jose Padua: Feasts, Reincarnations, and Other Elegies for Days Gone By

Now we live in the age of vapors, gasping
for breath, running for the exits. In the middle of
dim rough days and cruel centuries, let our love
be electric, and our home a movable foundation.

January 17, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Good Grief

On the day of her dad’s ash-scattering, Nora rejects the notion that her grief comes in five tidy, predictable stages.

January 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Barbara Hamby: Ode to Forgetting the Year

remember the day at the beach when the sun
began to explain Heidegger to you while thunderclouds
rumbled up from the horizon like Nazi submarines?

January 7, 2023 · 12 Comments

Edison Jennings: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

A student at Patrick Henry High, Oakum
asserted he didn’t give a shit about Marse Robert,
Stonewall Jackson, Beaux Beauregard, or any
of them fancy Southern boys

January 5, 2023 · 5 Comments

Abby Zimet: It Was Dark. It Was Loud. It Was Hard For Many.

In America, where the dark and crazy remain strong, we choose to begin the year taking solace and inspiration from President Zelensky…

January 5, 2023 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: They Left Chicago Behind

Saul Bellow called Chicago: a prairie city with a waterfront
& the trees he remembers, elms & cottonwoods.

January 2, 2023 · 5 Comments

Anonymous: I Get By With a Little Help From Depends

Some of the artists of the ’60s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

December 31, 2022 · 4 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Elvis and Tolstoy Save the World

I am standing in line waiting for the bus to take me
across the street to Graceland when Tolstoy shows up
with his white beard and peasant’s garb

December 31, 2022 · 10 Comments

Thomas Bulfinch: Simonides

On one occasion, when the poet was residing at the court of Scopas, king of Thessaly, the prince desired Simonides to prepare a poem in celebration of his exploits, to be recited at a banquet.

December 30, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Dan Harris | The Benefits Of Not Being A Jerk To Yourself

After more than two decades as an anchor for ABC News, an on-air panic attack sent Dan Harris’s life in a new direction: he became a dedicated meditator and, to some, even a guru. But then an anonymous survey of his family, friends and colleagues turned up some brutal feedback — he was still kind of a jerk.

December 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Ref

A referee struggles to maintain control over a 2nd grade basketball game.

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Philippe Labro: The Rule of Engagement

The Rule of Engagement, along with the coat and tie dress code, was one of the university’s two unbreakable traditions. It involved saying “Hi!” to everyone you encountered, or – if that person were first to greet you – responding in kind. I was taken aback at first, not so much by the idea of saying hello to a stranger crossing campus, but by the mindset that required me to say it, and say it, and say it again, all day long, no matter my mood and no matter who it was coming up alongside me.

November 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Denise Duhamel: Ego

I just didn’t get it— even with the teacher holding an orange (the earth) in one hand and a lemon (the moon) in the other, her favorite student (the sun) … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · 4 Comments

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