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Alexis Rhone Fancher: Post Mortem

It’s the last time, I swear, except this time I mean it. The last time I mourn Kate so hard I don’t eat, unless you consider alcohol a meal. The last time I drive drunk the five miles to Chuck’s house, at midnight, despondent, disheveled, swigging Stoli…

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The American Muse

We let the unresolved issues and crises that face us mount up beyond the poet’s window, as the writer gropes for a language in which to imagine something beyond the claustrophobic assumptions we have accepted as our grasp of the world.

August 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Helen Caldicott: The Lessons We Still Haven’t Learned From Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The United States needs to rise to its full moral and spiritual height and lead the world to sanity and survival.

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 13 Comments

Mike Schneider: Rain-Father of Narcissism & the Inner Tyrant

Remembering Tony Hoagland (1953-2018)

July 24, 2020 · 3 Comments

Asadullah Haroon: 13 Years Without Trial at Guantanamo, My Hunger Strike Is All I Have Left

“Give me freedom or give me death.”

July 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots

Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Bus

One afternoon at a bus stop in Ruston, Louisiana we picked up a single passenger, a huge man in a dirty plaid shirt, grease-stained khakis, and unlaced boots covered in mud.

July 11, 2020 · 8 Comments

Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

And then someone from another rooftop shouted a verse of Rumi’s poetry into the clear night air.

July 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: On Silence

I am possessed of a brooding spirit, some ominous angel who has landed on my shoulders, staring at my ear. It wants to know why I do not understand silence, the poetry of space.

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gerry LaFemina: Hive Mind

We’ve been talking about the muse up until this point, today—how I don’t believe in such a thing. This stings their sensibilities. The bee in the classroom is a happy distraction.

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellena Savage: Selfish, grumpy and unkind? That’s my kind of woman

The characters I find thrilling are women who are absolutely not socialised or charitable or good.

June 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: The War Zone Is America

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States

June 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Reluctant Summer

I could feel the rage building as I saw the nation writhe, then uncoil its wrath and take to the streets. I was demoralized to realize that my whole life had been lived in the twisted emotions of a country poisoned to its soul with racist hatred.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

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