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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Sydney Lea: I Was Thinking Of Beauty

I was thinking of beauty
as something that will return–here’s Curtis Porter’s sweet horn–
outlasting our disputations.

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Men’s Health

Is it possible dietary choices may affect sperm counts, genital development of boys, sexual function in men, and risk of prostate cancer, among other men’s health issues?

August 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anna Akhmatova: Lot’s Wife

“It’s not too late, you can still look back
at the red towers of your native Sodom,
the square where once you sang, the spinning-shed,
at the empty windows set in the tall house
where sons and daughters blessed your marriage-bed.”

August 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Aviva Chomsky: Jobs, the Environment and a Planet in Crisis

Does organized labor actually support or oppose the Green New Deal? What about environmental organizations? If you’re not even sure how to answer such questions, you’re not alone.

August 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pablo Neruda: I’m explaining a few things

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

August 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Racism Has A Name

Everyone knows who to blame for these massacres: Trump, an accomplice to white nationalist terrorism.

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Okaji: Five poems

What’s wrong, you ask.
I’ve breathed your dream too
long, I say. Now I must wake.

August 6, 2019 · 12 Comments

Sandra Lubarsky: Speak the Name of Beauty

So beneficial is exposure to the natural world that a new global movement has arisen to declare access to nature a human right.

August 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: Lifeboat Earth

Feckless democrats or reckless authoritarians: Lifeboat Earth doesn’t stand much of a chance with such options.

August 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Louie Skipper: Startled Again

3 a.m: Startled again in the mirror by my huge head.

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.

August 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mario Garcia: More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement

To avoid arrest, thousands of Central Americans have taken shelter in churches, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement considers sensitive locations where officers should be hesitant to make arrests.

August 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé: Blood on Our Hands — How We Help Drive Immigration North

Where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of U.S. weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?

August 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

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