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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael Simms: Who Will Tell Them?

Goodbye elephant bird
Who frightened Sinbad.
Goodbye wigeon,
Curleau, lapwing, crake.
Goodbye mascarene coot.
Sorry we never had a chance to meet.

November 9, 2019 · 11 Comments

César Vallejo: Black Stone on a White Stone

I will die in Paris on a rainy day,
a day I can already remember.

November 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Do Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Protein?

Nutritional quality indices show plant-based diets are the healthiest, but do vegetarians and vegans reach the recommended daily intake of at least 42 grams of protein? In regards to other essential nutrients, how does a vegetarian or vegan diet stack up against the standard American diet?

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Hands

Every man who works with his hands
Has seen that look. Maybe we showed up
To patch the roof, service the furnace,
Or unclog the sewer…

September 22, 2019 · 9 Comments

Michael Simms: Dogsbody to the Muse

Sometimes it’s painful to watch a group of poets trying to work a room as if they were politicians. The AWP conference, as the wag put it, is comprised of 15,000 introverts pretending to be extroverts.

August 25, 2019 · 12 Comments

Michael Simms: On the Spectrum with Garrison Keillor

Many of the issues people have had with Keillor’s behavior through the years may have been caused by his autism.

August 11, 2019 · 19 Comments

Pablo Neruda: I’m explaining a few things

Treacherous
generals:
see my dead house,
look at broken Spain

August 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Our Father who art in flowers

Our Father who art in me
You are the One I love
The One who hurt me
The One who seeks the truth

June 16, 2019 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: The Parliament of Trees

The next morning I rode my bicycle to Wolf Corner where coyotes and dogs were
Hung on a wooden rack to discourage coyotes

June 6, 2019 · 7 Comments

Bill Traylor: Sidewalk Genius

Born into slavery, Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939, following his move to Montgomery, Alabama that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.

April 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Blurbing Jose

Jose Padua’s poems are the twitch of the tail of the cat stalking the mouse of your unconscious.

February 23, 2019 · 11 Comments

Climate of North American cities will shift hundreds of miles in one generation

In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found … Continue reading

February 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

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