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Michael Simms: The Chemistry of Love

Oxytocin and
Dopamine dancing
In the hallways of attachment

February 14, 2020 · 4 Comments

Wendy Cope: Flowers

Look, the flowers you nearly bought
Have lasted all this while.

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Judith Sanders: Late to Meet You at the Indian Restaurant

So I drove, and listened to the news, about
the demise of democracy and collapse of civilization
head-beams probing the dark like outstretched hands.

February 12, 2020 · 4 Comments

Christine Rhein: Alphabetical Order

Assertion by committee:
double-dare ethos.
Fibbed goodwill,
handshakes.

February 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Democratic Field Narrows to Three Candidates

Although the Iowa Caucus was an epic fail, it did make a few things clear.

February 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

Molly Ivins: Greatest Hits

“I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle.”

February 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: RIP Fresh Water and Life on the Planet

Trump’s bold plan to poison his own citizens in the name of corporate pandering came after a Davos trip where he bad-mouthed mean Greta Thunberg and other “prophets of doom” who “want to see us do badly,” and praised Elon Musk, “one of our very smart people, one of our great geniuses,” who “does good at rockets.”

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Prelude to a Highly Personal Confabulation of Zen and the Art of War

how I could one day live in New York City
with half my mind in a flame-like state
of absolute intensity

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Dream 12

They tell me it is okay to dance
to this music as we all should
be very modern religious Jews
who need to bust the most modern moves.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Moon’s Milk

Narrated by Tom Waits, the film chronicles the last expedition of Captain Millipede and his crew to harvest the milk seeping from the moon’s craters. (13 minutes)

January 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The end of civilization as we know it

I want to apologize for walking in
When the dog was licking
Your bald head as you lay
On the couch drinking rum
Straight from the bottle…

January 18, 2020 · 23 Comments

Sydney Lea: Passing the Arts and Crafts Fair

There aren’t many like him anymore, the handy, soft-spoken old ones, who still know how to farm, how to raise up a house you can live in, how to still-hunt a whitetail.

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Player Piano

Every song is like mice walking slowly across tin.

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellen Foos: Support-Group Puppets

We speak in circles,
Sock-monkeys one and all,
able to say what we are told.

January 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

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