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Video: Rambling with Eileen Myles

Director Chelsea McMullan takes an inspirational walk with legendary American poet, essayist and one-time presidential candidate Eileen Myles, perambulating and talking poetry through the streets of their adoptive home of New York. (running time: 5 min.)

June 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Mel Packer: Angie’s Place

Where back in the corner, there’s always some guy in a Pirates ballcap with skin like an old leather shoe who’s nursing the cheapest beer on tap….

June 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: How happy is the little stone

Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

June 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Social Security Versus National Security

The U.S. “national security” budget is still the third rail of politics in this country.

June 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: An Open Letter to Steve Kowit on his poem “Intifada”

Right now, civil conversation on these subjects is difficult to impossible to sustain because both the Zionist and the Palestinian narratives have been carefully curated to highlight the harms that each side inflicted on the other, and to minimize or ignore the harms that they inflicted on their adversaries.

June 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Steve Kowit: Intifada

bekippad Sabras dance thru the Tel Aviv streets chanting
gleefully: No school tomorrow in Gaza; all of their children are dead. 

June 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

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

Aidan Rooney: Tropical Evening (after Ida Faubert)

Come breathe with me the sidewalk scents and
exhale into the night my erratic soul.

June 11, 2021 · 3 Comments

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: The First Giant Step? Unpackage

Plastic’s most common use is packaging.

June 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tim Radford: Irreversible Cascade of Global Climate Emergencies May be Near

Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions is indispensable to limit the risks of crossing tipping points in the climate system.

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Emily De Ferrari: Sicilian Triptych

These honest waters, flow over the ancient debauchery of Baiae,
over the volatility of Marsili, bring to shore the bodies
but we do not see them.

June 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

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