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Nina Kossman: Valley of Closed Eyes

Dipping my cheekbones
into the blind substance,
into the cooling water of the maternal yes

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: Buffalo Gunman’s Racism Directly Tied to Mainstreaming of White Nationalism

White nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Enheduanna: Seven Sumerian Temple Hymns (2300 BCE)

The temple seems to listen as she describes its resident: “your lady a water bird — sacred woman of the inner chamber,” she says to the temple in the intimate conversation that characterizes each hymn.

May 15, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca (text included)

Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca’s “New York (Office and Denunciation)”

May 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: A Poetry Proposal

There is no shortage of poems and no shortage of strategies to deliver the poems. The failing lies in our wariness. It’s true: to embrace poetry is to embrace a degree of uncertainty. Yet what else is life?

May 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

Bhikshuni Vijaya: Keep Going

Sometimes the most direct path is not a straight line.

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Kavita Babu: What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl.

May 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

Anita Gonzalez: A white librettist wrote an opera about Emmett Till – and some critics are calling for its cancellation

To me, the backlash against the white librettist is ultimately a waste of time. Not only is there room for works done in collaboration with Black artists, but cross-cultural, interethnic collaborations also add to the richness and versatility of performed storytelling.

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Cristina Peri Rossi: Three Poems (with translations)

The Arabian poets say
that fate is the lurch
of a blind stray camel.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rajan Menon: The Economic Consequences of the War

The conflict in Ukraine Is a disaster for the poor of this planet.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Toi Derricotte: Holy Cross Hospital

would our bodies be the same? could we hide among the
childless? she always reminded me of a lady at the bridge
club in her mother’s shoes, playing her mother’s hand.

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes.

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jenny Breen: The ‘Raw Judicial Power’ of Samuel Alito Is an Attack on Dignity, Autonomy, and Progress

What is the end game here for the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority? It’s not pretty.

May 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

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