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Dawn Potter: Concord Street Hymn

Yes, there will be
daffodils in every stanza of this poem
because it is spring in Maine

April 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Bored in quarantine? Here are 43 things to do to keep yourself entertained

Re-arrange your sock drawer in a way that pleases your socks. Remember, it’s not always about you!

April 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Ten things to do before I start writing today

Read what I wrote yesterday — hate it. Read what Sam wrote yesterday — love it. Hate Sam. Think about 45-year friendship with Sam. Remember him stealing my girlfriend in college. No, wait that was me — I married her….

April 4, 2020 · 12 Comments

Caty Borum Chattoo: Take it from Pluto the Schnauzer — Comedy will help us through the coronavirus crisis

Comedy serves crucial cultural functions as we deal with tough challenges: sharing and amplifying messages, addressing taboo topics in accessible ways, and inspiring us to feel emotions of hope and optimism…

April 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Zoosk | The Pandemic

We stay put, apart,
constant in longing. And that is all
fine, my friends, except the dying
part. Death all around love’s
little sprouting head.

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Deena November: Social Distance Pro

I create ambitious color coded schedules for
my hyper children during a pandemic but they are jumping in puddles, tracking mud all over the house and eating popcorn off the living room rug.

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Black Brick, Yellow Brick

I will die in Pittsburgh on a beautiful day…

March 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Belinda Kong: How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art

Fear and blame appear to be fast becoming Americans’ defining emotions around COVID-19. Headlines seem to offer either worst-case estimates or government leaders’ mutual accusations. Amid the bewildering figures and … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: One Manifestation of Compassion

I did the only humane thing left

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Fool

At seventy-five I find myself in love.
Not the serene love of an old man
steeped in the wine and wisdom of years,
but one who would kill a dragon for her.

March 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Humoresque

“What queer books she must have read!”

February 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Tom Lehrer | The Vatican Rag & Send the Marines

What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they’ve seen the light,
They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected.

February 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck | Super Tuesday Smorgasboard

Us liberals got a choice to make, y’all. Then the real fun starts.

February 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Parable of the 4 a.m. Demons

My mind yearns for sleep so innocently it refuses
the perverse truth…

February 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

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