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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Sandy Solomon: Ghazal

A night of ghazals comes to an end to fill with birds.
As the sky blues, their calls braid in New Jersey.

September 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bart Plantenga: How the Soul Remains Miraculously Intact Despite 2000 Rejections

…we must learn to nest in piles of our own rejection slips and somehow effectively grab hold of the levers and buttons that control the means of writerly production…

September 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: How I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha

I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha by tattooing the word WRONG across my heart to help me muster the strength I’d need to argue with a world that wanted me to say “hey, y’all!” in a hill-country accent sipping tea under a dogwood in a pink smock smattered with etchings of ivy.

September 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

José Alcantara: The National Association of Information Destruction

I bet you think I made that up,that this is some dystopian anti-elegy,
and that I am another Cassandra, bemoaning
a distant, inevitable future, but I saw it,
not ten minutes ago…

September 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Trophy Wife

It was the sound of our lawn, the hiss of sprinklers, that chilled me. That year Jack erected a barbed wire fence to keep the scum out, keep the Mansons away.

August 31, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Bring On the Winged Monkeys

Remarkably, it got worse.

August 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Barbara Huntington: What to Do with Nine Twelfths

At the time it seemed a good idea
Dividing his ashes

August 24, 2020 · 21 Comments

Video: My Expanded View

A Yoga tutorial. A collapsed body. An expanded view. Peace of mind gone horribly wrong.

August 22, 2020 · 4 Comments

Liz Moran: (Harper’s Bazaar)

I watched her for ten long minutes
in Barnes & Noble.

August 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: We The People vs. Whoa Lookit These Racists and Losers and Cons

Fearmongering is pretty much all Trump’s got, so he’s going with it.

August 20, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sandra McPherson: What Should We Anticipate?

I’m packing enough
for the impending flea market

August 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Old Story: Auditing Grandpa

The IRS decided to audit Grandpa, and summoned him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Pokey LaFarge "Garbage Man Blues"

Pokey LaFarge performing “Garbage Man Blues” at Music City Roots from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville.

August 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

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