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Wendy Cope: After the Lunch

On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes,
the weather conditions bring tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I’ve fallen in love.

June 10, 2023 · 1 Comment

Sydney Lea: The Yogurt Cure

I grow more and more reminiscent, it seems, though that’s a relative assessment. Like my old poetic hero Wordsworth, I opted for an elegiac tone very young in my writing … Continue reading

June 3, 2023 · 14 Comments

Katharine Gammon: Overcoming Climate Chaos with Comedy

Turns out, being able to laugh at something increases our ability to understand it—and take action.

June 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

Al Ortolani: Picking Ticks Off the Dog

Pulling ticks is not for the faint at heart.

May 31, 2023 · 9 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Ode to American English

no one uses
the King James anymore, only plain-speak versions,
in which Jesus, raising Lazarus from the dead, says,
“Dude, wake up,” and the L-man bolts up like a B-movie
mummy. “Whoa, I was toasted.”

May 8, 2023 · 13 Comments

Jose Padua: These Rhymes Out to All the Nations

every day we stay alive is a reminder
that the universe is a thing of great natural beauty

May 3, 2023 · 8 Comments

Abby Zimet: Stalin Is Dead, Tuckums Is Gone, The Masses Rejoice

Tucker Carlson will be difficult to replace, but the candidates are George Santos, the green M&M and 3 howler monkeys.

April 27, 2023 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Prospero needs a little nap

Vox Populi will endure, albeit at a slower pace.

April 24, 2023 · 106 Comments

Arlene Weiner: The Real Thing

Maz is a theater person: actor, 
writer, director. Triple threat. Gay. 
His partner Donny’s a drag queen,
Dawna Day.

April 24, 2023 · 5 Comments

Thomas Brady: No One Can Insult Me Like You

People do die of love. But the beautiful never know what they do.

April 22, 2023 · 2 Comments

Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

‘The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.’

April 22, 2023 · 9 Comments

Baron Wormser: Fool

After the fool leaves The Tragedy of King Lear, where
does he go?
Home to see the wife, play ringolevio with the
neighborhood kids?

April 20, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Alexis Nikole Nelson | A flavorful field guide to foraging

Whether it’s dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show how freely growing flora could make its way to your plate.

April 15, 2023 · 4 Comments

Brett Wilkins: This P*ssy Grabbed Back

Daniels says she’s undaunted by the prospect of facing Trump in court.  “I’ve seen him naked,” she explained. “There’s no way he could be scarier with his clothes on.”

April 3, 2023 · 4 Comments

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