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Jake Johnson: Summer Lee Blasts GOP’s ‘Pro-Starvation Agenda’ as McCarthy Plots Food Aid Cuts

“Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

April 20, 2023 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: Fool

After the fool leaves The Tragedy of King Lear, where
does he go?
Home to see the wife, play ringolevio with the
neighborhood kids?

April 20, 2023 · 4 Comments

Amanda Alexander, Deanna Van Buren: The Care(ful) Work of Abolishing Prisons

How to kick our national addiction to prisons

April 18, 2023 · 8 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: When She Was Afraid She Wasn’t Good Enough

When fear scuttled through her thoughts
with its eight slender legs; when she recognized
the shiny black body, the bulbous abdomen

April 17, 2023 · 17 Comments

Brett Wilkins: US Lawmakers Call on Biden to End US Taxpayer Support of Israeli Human Rights Violations

“Each year, the U.S. funnels billions of tax dollars to the Israeli government, funding obscene human rights violations,” said Rep. Cori Bush, who signed the letter. “We must stop funding Israeli apartheid.”

April 17, 2023 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Future of an Illusion

He is already shriveling into an empty legend, a flimsy cartoon of ruthless malevolence.

April 16, 2023 · 7 Comments

Video: Alexis Nikole Nelson | A flavorful field guide to foraging

Whether it’s dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show how freely growing flora could make its way to your plate.

April 15, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Suheir Hammad | Poems of war, peace, women, power

Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: Wait for the astonishing line: “Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.”

April 14, 2023 · 9 Comments

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Spring

What is all this juice and all this joy?

April 14, 2023 · 6 Comments

James Crews: I Keep the Window Open

Life’s too fragile
to waste on money or importance,
handing over the hours that will never 
be returned to us.

April 13, 2023 · 10 Comments

Abby Zimet: Eating Jim Crow | Justin Jones Is Back In the People’s House

In a high-speed “karma boomerang” delectable to see, Rep. Justin Jones, expelled for daring to protest the slaughter of America’s children, made a triumphant return to the GOP-majority House after Nashville officials unanimously reappointed him.

April 13, 2023 · 10 Comments

George Yancy: Policing Does Not Have Problems — It Is the Problem

We must examine proactive ways to address the social issues that lead to crime and violence, which does not necessitate more police.

April 12, 2023 · 4 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Tonight’s Dinner Companions

you, old poet, gone, whose lines I often
say aloud against the ocean’s constant shush

April 12, 2023 · 25 Comments

Kurt Brown: Fisherman

He’s only felt the shadow
of something enormous darken his life. Or has he?

April 12, 2023 · 9 Comments

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