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Video: Wavy Gravy & Ace of Cups | “Basic Human Needs”

And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet had shoes upon their feet
And something to eat
And wouldn’t it be fine, now if all of human kind had shelter

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Wrigley: The Consciousness of Everything

That time’s lost now, when a stone could hurt,
when a feather missed its wing,
when sky kissed clouds and grass kissed dirt
and nothing thought itself just a thing.

May 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Ten things I should have figured out before now

Love is complicated. Courtesy is simple. Start with courtesy.

May 23, 2020 · 14 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck | Progress in Rural America

There’s votes to be had, ya’ll.

May 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Elinor Wylie: Castilian

He washed his face in water cold,
His hands in turpentine;
He squeezed out colour like coins of gold
And colour like drops of wine.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Days of Being Wild

in the late middle
of my mortal days on earth
I am still wild in the heart

May 12, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: A True Story of How I Almost Became a Rock and Roll God (with special appearance by Iron Butterfly)

So there I was, jumping up and down on a king-sized bed in an expensive hotel in Miami Beach, drinking rum straight from the bottle. And right beside me, jumping up and down, playing the air-guitar and blasting out his famous song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was Doug Ingle.

May 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: A Story About My Daughter's Kindness

The woman took a small knife out of her apron pocket and held the blade to the goat’s throat. Do you want to be responsible? What’s twenty pulas to you? You are a rich American and this is just a poor Botswana goat. Have you no heart?

May 2, 2020 · 7 Comments

Abby Zimet: What would Jesus do? (Not this)

Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence declined to wear a mask Tuesday as he toured Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic. He did this though the CDC’s guidelines urge Americans to wear a mask in public to minimize the spread of COVID-19…

April 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Laugh

What he wished was to have his ashes flushed
down the ladies’ room toilet of Syracuse City Hall,
which would so clog the pipes that the resulting
blast of glutinous broth would douse the place clean

April 30, 2020 · 4 Comments

Dawn Potter: Concord Street Hymn

Yes, there will be
daffodils in every stanza of this poem
because it is spring in Maine

April 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Bored in quarantine? Here are 43 things to do to keep yourself entertained

Re-arrange your sock drawer in a way that pleases your socks. Remember, it’s not always about you!

April 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Caty Borum Chattoo: Take it from Pluto the Schnauzer — Comedy will help us through the coronavirus crisis

Comedy serves crucial cultural functions as we deal with tough challenges: sharing and amplifying messages, addressing taboo topics in accessible ways, and inspiring us to feel emotions of hope and optimism…

April 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

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