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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Arlene Weiner: Catering the Office Party

Some couldn’t eat ham and some wouldn’t eat lamb;
some couldn’t eat sugar, some couldn’t eat seeds.
So what could I order for our office feast?
And how could I cater for everyone’s needs?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Beard 7

In its color alone,
my beard is the sun falling upon the evening
and some days
it is chaffing brambles, poison
sumac, creeping red vines everywhere.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Original Sin

I don’t know what I’ve done
but I’m guilty.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Garage de soir (Garage at Night)

In this touching portrayal of lovable slackers, two brothers spend 12 months together in their family’s garage, learning from each other.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: A Love Poem for Lonely Prime Numbers

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. He also has a complaint about Paper People. Here are two lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

November 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ace Boggess: Thirty Blessings for Poets

3) May the poem on which you’ve just given up be accepted by the journal you’ve forgotten.
4) May someone quote your work in a movie that has nothing to do with poetry.

November 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Miriam Levine: Beauty Secrets of the Dead

Jen who never read anything
but bills and Sunday papers
comes back from the dead educated.

October 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Between Animals

I imagined climbing the Everest of his body, perching on the top of his belly like a sexy squid, dangling my breasts over the shelf of his face like fishing lines.

October 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Writers Block

Fenster McGraw is crawling out the back window of his lover’s house and stumbling into the alley pulling up his pants, and is spotted by the ever vigilant widow Winnie Wildwood with her nineteenth century naval spyglass who’s had her suspicions about that Wilson woman anyhow

October 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Travelers in the Night

Working the lonely late shift, a gas station cashier shares a silly moment with a special kind of stranger.

September 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: On the Loving Grace of Well-Oiled Machines

but maybe that’s how
patriarchy works,
so fast and efficient
when it comes to killing,
so in love with the magic
of finding beautiful new worlds
to destroy

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: To Sydney Lea, Whom I Found Online

You must get tired of requests from witless strange men to meet up.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: Depressed by a Book of Bad Poetry, I Walk Toward an Unused Pasture and Invite the Insects to Join Me

The old grasshoppers
Are tired, they leap heavily now,
Their thighs are burdened.
I want to hear them, they have clear sounds to make.

August 30, 2019 · 5 Comments

Theo Marzials’ ‘A Tragedy’: The Worst Poem Ever Published

Death!
Plop.
The barges down in the river flop.
Flop, plop.

August 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

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