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Tom Engelhardt: Welcome to the Martians!

Our World Is Increasingly Like a Science-Fiction Novel.

November 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael T. Young: Reflections on Richard Hugo’s Poetry

I believed the necessity
of that suffering world, hoping it would learn not to do
it again. But I was young. The world never learns.

November 19, 2021 · 9 Comments

Video: Grace & Dignity

This video is about faces and bodies and how we move them, which is far, far more important than we realize. This crazy journey begins with Audrey Hepburn, runs through German and Chinese philosophy, and, by various and sundry routes, arrives back at each and every one of us.

November 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Woody Lewis: Guns Under the Bed (book review)

Anyone who protested the Vietnam war will appreciate the candor of Jody Forrester’s memoir.

November 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Stanley Stepanic: More ‘disease’ than ‘Dracula’ – how the vampire myth was born

The first known reference to vampires appeared in written form in Old Russian in A.D. 1047, soon after Orthodox Christianity moved into Eastern Europe.

October 30, 2021 · 4 Comments

Melissa Chim: How do you spot a witch? This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions – and helped execute thousands of women

Women on the fringes of society, such as healers in Europe or the slave Tituba in Salem, were convenient scapegoats for society’s ills.

October 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Three Ways of Looking at Beauty

When the hypnotherapist brought me out of my trance, I wondered about this deer, about my new vision of beauty—why had it changed? Something fundamental in me had shifted and reconstructed itself.

October 17, 2021 · 18 Comments

Angele Ellis: Dances of Death | In Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling, an experimental young Syrian poet makes his book-length debut in English

What would happen in this vast dagger
If America stopped eating human flesh
For three days?

October 15, 2021 · 6 Comments

Steve Nolan: With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk | Review

With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk Ragged Sky Press (July 5, 2021) $15.00. 98 pages . I believe every poet has a good reason why they … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: What do the classics teach us about hope?

How do we weather this welter of bad news? How do we adapt?

September 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Lessons of Poetry

It is easier to lecture about the time and place of a book, the culture that produced it, the special historical or linguistic problems involved in it. It is harder…to face the book as a masterpiece and to help the student understand why it is a masterpiece….

August 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Jose Padua: In Proclamation to the Emperors of Agony

Seeing an audience in Central Park holding up their middle fingers in unison is one of my fondest memories—even though I wasn’t among those for whom the finger was intended.

August 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Gravestone and the Continuing Self

When I was in my twenties I thought old age was an island only accessible by a bridge I’d never cross. But I’ve crossed it, and at seventy-eight the subject … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 10 Comments

Doug Anderson: Negative Capability

…art that honors the art and artist as well as its content, and apprehends it as more than its socio-political reality. Art is hard to do and not everybody can do it. It is not merely a pretext for theory.

July 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

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