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Abby Zimet: Still Here, Just Barely

We are spent, bereft, uneasy, deeply sorrowful to see exposed a country so broken, its myths so grievously extinquished, that almost half its heedless people would still, defying reason and decency, vote for an evil clown who’s so utterly failed us – that they’d look at the lies, crimes, cruelty, vengefulness, ineptitude, homicidal indifference, and decide they like it, and want four more years of it.

November 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gail Langstroth: How to Fill-out your Mail-in Ballot

And I Saw. The Lamb opens one of the seven seals
and I hear one of the four animals with
a thunderous voice cry

October 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ariel Dorfman: Sending Trump to Hell

For some time now, I’ve wanted to send Donald Trump to Hell. I mean this literally, not as a figure of speech. I want him to inhabit the palpable, sensory Hell that religions have long conjured up with scenes of sulfur, damnation, and screams of perpetual pain from those who once caused grievous harm to their fellow humans.

October 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: The Day Democracy Died

No, don’t let democracy die
He’s a famous ignoramus
Can’t tell truth from a lie

October 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Donald Trump: MAGA Sonnets

…you’re lucky I’m your president.
You’re so lucky. You’re so lucky, I always tell our great
First Lady, Darling, you’re so lucky.

October 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

Charles W. Brice: Stupidity

The guy in his MAGA cap
yells at my friend
that she’s a scaremonger
for wearing a mask

October 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: Appalachians Run Amok

I’m impatient like you to get to the bottom of the problem
of what to call the vacant feeling of our long-ago deportation
from the goats & their creamy milk & the meadows & pastures
they would frolic in each Sunday when my father would
metaphorically herd them…

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Anne Lamott | 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing

If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

October 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Sophie Scott | Why We Laugh

While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic.

October 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Heels not Heils

Hijacking the Proud Boys and MAGA Narrative Amidst Ruinous Reality.

October 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: A Room for Space Agers

At a certain age I re-aimed that telescope, first, to look into the window of the young widow across the street, she who made me feel atomic.

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sean Connolly: Sacrifice

You can’t educate a secret. Many defy time and live in the throats of birds chortling about the discovery of the universe, once and always hidden beyond sight.

October 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: The Original Life of Bob

Bob’s ego sometimes got stuck and its nobody’s business where.

September 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Peter Makuck: Two Poems

Every summer day was the last I thought,
even before my parents were gone

September 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

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