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Video: Mobilize

In her short film Mobilize, Caroline Monnet – a Canadian filmmaker and artist of French and Algonquin origin – uses archival documentary footage to honor the restless diligence of Canada’s indigenous people.

May 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rachel Carson: The Beauties and Mysteries of the Earth

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.

May 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: I once flew in my dreams

I once flew in my dreams.
Then I read a book
that taught me how to control it.

May 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lola Ridge: The Dream

But the day is an up-turned cup
and its sun a junk of red iron
guttering in sluggish-green water

May 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Baruch November: Our Captain Speaking

hard pretzels curved to the shape
of life’s perilous twists

May 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Josephine Dickinson: Seven Dimple Cushions

Andrew tells us . there will be . all the usual . English songbirds . bluetits . robins . blackbirds . and the rest . but also . a backdrop . of seabirds . which is unique . and there will be . a sense of space

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: She and My Granddad

Granddad–at war with Grandmama all
my life but drawn to women, always polite–
would have said, Yes ma’am, can’t nobody run her.

May 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: My Mother at the Alamo

I would later doubt my mother at the sink, her bruised eye shut, or my mother kneeling
near the orange bucket full of dirty water, ready to snap as drunken rants poured down.

May 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: Let all the Good Samaritans of the Earth Come Forth

Let all the Good Samaritans of the earth come forth in such numbers as to overwhelm the wickedness of the Trump administration with a love of God and neighbor so great that all manner of goodness shall prevail.

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Voyage of the Beagle

The guy on the barstool next to m
is wearing a t-shirt that says Mi Taco Es Mi Taco.
I say, “Nice Shirt.”

May 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Carolyn Gregory: Listening to John Coltrane on my Mother’s Death Day

Swirling, confident, those sax notes stretch and blow
above the drums, full of his blue notes,
fifty years ago, new as now.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Caedmon’s Hymn

One evening, as the monks sang and played the harp, Caedmon slipped away. He knew no songs. Thus embarrassed, he spent the night sleeping with the animals. In his dream, “someone”, Bede says, approached Caedmon, and asked him to sing of the beginning of all things.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Mosaddegh at The Hague

If you go to the Netherlands
Visit The Hague Court of Justice
On a rainy night

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Question on a Wednesday Night

And you, my love.
Why do I feel alone without you
Whom I have never known?

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

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