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Michael Simms: Six poems

. My brother who is dying of cancer   My brother who is dying of cancer Tells me the time has come To forgive our father because It’s not about … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 27 Comments

Banksy: Don’t Forget To Eat Your Lunch And Make Some Trouble

“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime, we should all go shopping to console ourselves.” — Banksy Banksy is an anonymous England-based street … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Happiness of Animals

When the soul-sickness takes me And my mind is in an ugly place And I resent other writers their success, I retire to my attic room To look out the … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone

We come to the garden because it is beautiful. Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone— Even the names are beautiful.   The men who call themselves our leaders Seem far away. We feel … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 11 Comments

All time best jokes about Donald Trump

The Pope and Donald Trump are on stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leaned towards Trump and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Names

Lea wants to change her name to Tina. Her mother says she must think very carefully because a name has to fit. The wrong name can bind like someone else’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys Slump in front of tattoo parlors Scratching their arms. Girls In short skirts take long pulls On cigs, stand in groups Smiling at … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Michael Simms: The Summer You Learned to Swim

for Lea The summer you learned to swim was the summer I learned to be at peace with myself. In May you were afraid to put your face in the … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 8 Comments

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

Chuck Taylor: The Song Dog

. Note Posted on Back Door for Coyote Sorry, I didn’t know you still yodeled your yips around these hills. How stupid of me to assume that just because a … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Enjoy the Comey Show, But Don’t Be Distracted From The Real Battle.

James Comey’s testimony is small potatoes. Progressives need to organize at the state and local levels. With the mainstream media focused on James Comey’s testimony in front of Congress, and the Trump … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

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