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Bart Plantenga: Jose Padua’s Poems — Where The Length Of The Titles Are, If Not Everything, At Least Something To Amuse Or Amaze

There’s no disputing it: Jose Padua writes some of the most meaningful poems being written today about today. They are DIY soulful and this is especially important in a world … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: United

When sleepless, it’s helpful to meditate on mottoes of the states. South Carolina, “While I breathe I hope.”  Perhaps this could be the new flag on the empty flagpole. Or … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 5 Comments

Video: Death Metal Grandma

. Death Metal Grandma follows the story of 96 year old Holocaust survivor, former WW2 spy and famous songwriter Inge Ginsberg as she decides to pursue a new career: Death … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Carrying a Sign

Leaves on the wind circle in the air Like emissaries from another world Frantic warnings No one heeds them, they Push toward their usual destinations With their everyday faces   … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip F. Clark: The Day I Became a Papi Chulo

It was my usual walk from work, in suit and tie, tired from the day. I approached the ballpark. They came toward me, laughing—a gang of about five energized, jeering, … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: Sex Sentence

I opine most women feel vaguely erotic almost all the time whereas men sporadically feel specifically erotic when stimulated by certain visual phenomena knowingly or unknowingly created out of the … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: A Thousand Pigeons

Robbie, Paul & I met Carlin at the Hamburger Hamlet in Westwood in 1970. Carlin had a big laugh & shiny hair, but behind the jokes, a serious guy. He … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: “Climate Change Opera” by Operatico Politico — YOHOE!

. YOHOE: You Only Have One Earth. Opera singers Rebecca Nelsen and Eric Stoklossa of Operatico Politico brilliantly summarize the climate change debate. If you like opera and hate climate change then this is … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: Song for Climate March

This planet’s mine, this planet’s yours. From the melting icecaps to the flooding shores, From bleaching coral to scorching deserts This planet needs both you and me.   This planet … Continue reading

September 8, 2018 · 3 Comments

Banksy: Don’t Forget To Eat Your Lunch And Make Some Trouble

“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime, we should all go shopping to console ourselves.” — Banksy Banksy is an anonymous England-based street … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Grand Nagus Gint: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

The Rules of Acquisition were written by Gint, the first Grand Nagus of the Ferengi people. According to a dream Quark had (which may or may not have been accurate), … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Emily De Ferrari: On Killing Flies with Dr. Seuss

I killed them in the window. I killed them on the door. And when I killed a hundred flies I kept on killing more. Why is my heart so cruel, … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Bone Song

The Russian bone connected to the vote scam bone, the vote scam bone connected to the wingnut ignoramus bone the wing nut ignoramus bone connected to the Nazi bone, the … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

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