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Arlene Weiner: You’re Not Doing Enough!

A response to The Ministry for the Future, a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Orbit. 563 pp. I hope this is an important book. It’s speculative fiction, the term an expansion of … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Daisy Fried: So Much Depends on WCW

William Carlos Williams was a furious poetic revolutionary — furiously working over a lifetime to reinvent American poetry, furious at poetry he considered backward, and at critics and editors who … Continue reading

June 11, 2021 · 4 Comments

Sydney Lea: Sunday Morning

…his left ring finger was hewn at the knuckle quite some years ago.  If I think hard enough, I can remember when he was secretive about that injury. He kept the disfigured hand in his pocket or behind his back as much as he could.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: On Memory and Writing

In one of my favorite memories, I am peeking through my fingers, shivering, as New York Harbor, the heliport, the bustling-streets of New York City, and–even the skyscrapers— plummet away … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · 6 Comments

Dan Turello: Craft your own renaissance with tips from Boccaccio’s Decameron

A few years ago, on a crisp winter afternoon, I found a beautiful bound translation of The Decameron at the Black Swan bookstore in Staunton, Virginia….I bought it immediately and took it back to a friend’s cabin where a group of us had gathered for the weekend.

May 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Amy M. Alvarez, Jameka Harley: How Black poets and writers gave a voice to ‘Affrilachia’

A turning point took place 30 years ago, when Black Appalachian culture experienced a renaissance centered around a single word: “Affrilachia.”

May 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Joel Christensen: What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation

Homer can help guide us as we return back to our normal worlds after a year of minimizing social contact. He can also, I believe, offer guidance on how people can heal.

April 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: “We Will Not Give Up on Each Other”: A Conversation with Major Jackson

We are living in an age of absurdity, but I am casting for wider seas.

April 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jason Irwin: A Stillness Nearly Mineral | The poetry of Robert Gibb

A stillness which is very nearly mineral
Keeps insisting upon the essential
Loneliness with which this light is filled.

April 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mary Beard | Women in Power

The Western world’s demonization of women in power can be traced back to Ancient Greece, argues the celebrated UK classicist Mary Beard.

April 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: The Dead Don’t Die | The Poetry of Dmitry Melnikoff

And they lie at the edge of light alone
at the place where snow never hits
Kahlo embraces Diego’s barebone
and they emanate heat.

April 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages

As we begin to glimpse what might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, what does hope mean? It’s hard not to sense the presence of hope, but how do we think of it?

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The Trojan Women

The slaves in the dark hold of the ship cannot climb out or go back to where things went wrong. There’s no light, no voice of comfort, just chaos and darkness where they have to find their own peace without the kindness of others.

March 14, 2021 · 14 Comments

Tara Lohan: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

People often ask me, “What can one person do?” And I say, “Stop being one person.”

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

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