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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Dahr Jamail: Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD

Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Word Is Love

It was 39 years ago Sunday that John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan in front of his apartment.

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Josue De Luna Navarro: The Centuries-Long History of Extractive Greed

Climate change is a symptom of a malevolent virus borne out of capitalism and colonialism. Indigenous liberation shows the path towards healing the planet.

December 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: The Poet’s Disregard

He ponders composing an ode
to his long time sidekick Death, but as his
own departure draws near their friendship
has grown problematic.

December 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Dialing Down the Grim Reaper Gene

Only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms, Michael Simms: Translating Rilke

Every thing is protected
by a grace ready for flight,
every stone and flower
every child at night.

December 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Norman Solomon: Corporate Media Supports Anyone But Sanders or Warren

What’s at stake includes democracy—the informed consent of the governed—and so much more.

December 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ashish Sinha,Gayatri Kathayat: Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

Climate change first contributed to the meteoric rise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and then to its precipitous collapse.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nick Turse: The Moral Injury of War

Some men are very nearly monsters, capable of killing without compunction or remorse. In the everyday civilian world, we generally seek to lock them up. In war, they have a chance to fully flower.

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: China Journal, 1997

In steam-baked Wuhan, land of fish and lakes, near the cross-banks
of Yangtze and Han, we walk into Mao’s sanctum, the grand hall
of hand-cut rock.

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrea Mazzarino: Bearing Witness to the Costs of War

I’m a scholar of the war on terror’s civilian casualties, as well as a military spouse. Until the suffering ends, all of us should bear witness to the costs of war.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chuck Collins: Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

During Eisenhower’s two terms between 1953 and 1960, the wealthy paid a top tax rate of 91 percent on incomes over the equivalent of $1.7 million for an individual and $3.4 million for a couple. That crafty pinko Eisenhower also presided over government-subsidized mortgages that helped millions of Americans purchase their first home and attend college for free.

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

John F. Kennedy: The Purpose of Poetry

In a 1963 eulogy for Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy described poetry as “the means of saving power from itself.”

December 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas Sayers Ellis: Godzilla’s Avocado

An artichoke’s heart does not pump ketchup.
It pumps pesto,
oily, olive clots of guacamole.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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