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Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, The Counterfeit Nomad

Drunk, he was pulled from charger Left impaled on bush and tree Now lives near 15 deerhounds With more respect than he. Perpetual nomad, had he but been like Byron … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chuck Taylor: Nature has many faces, more perhaps than the gods of Hinduism

Companions Vampire had a green-gray slug that liked to sleep in his ears. He was a musical slug, and had a soft buzzing way of humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”

. Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?

We’ll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conclave and Herr Trump’s abject nightmare of a speech was … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Why Me?

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Postmodern Jukebox — All About That Bass

  Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dr. Seuss: Political Cartoons

Little-known editorial cartoons by Dr. Seuss re-emerged recently, as critics of President Donald Trump’s order on immigration drew parallels between the author’s warnings seventy years ago and America’s current political … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Donald Trump: I Hear America Tweeting

I hear America tweeting, the varied tweets I hear, Those of mechanics I never paid, each one tweeting as if I paid them and each one voting for me, The … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

. This video is a message by news satire show Zondag met Lubach to officially introduce Holland to Trump “in a way that will probably appeal to him the most”. … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 4 Comments

Nina Pick: Radical Orthography

Taking off the Caps Lock It came to me in a dream: Trump with a lower case t. It appeared in a flash as an ingenious solution, a subtle yet … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Arlene and the Arlettes: Bad Boyfriend

A Song for America to be sung in the style of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. . Oh girlfriend, I could have told you he’s a Bad boyfriend I don’t … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Lewis Turco: Miss Pussy’s Parlor Songs

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall. Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. He climbed up his wall and fell down again And again, and again, and again, and again. . … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 3 Comments