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Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Without Diplomas

They failed angelic studies and thus wandered the back streets of heaven. You can find them hanging out in Rumi’s Tavern: not sad, they bear the stain of human life … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us”

. Jane Hirshfield reads her poem “For What Binds Us.” Part of the Poetry Everywhere project airing on public television. Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: A Nowruz Card to Evin Prison

Aha! That’s the one I want: A simple Nowruz* card With raised and golden margins, The design of a narcissus flower, The scent of Georgian biscuits And “May spring be … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: A Light Exists in Spring

A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period – When March is scarcely here A Color stands abroad On Solitary Fields That Science cannot … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: Dear Lady Justice

Dear Lady Justice,   You are here without a summons. Voices insist you be taken   upstairs to crowds waiting to watch you, hear you proclaim   their imperative. Refuse, … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Dolphin Megapod in the Gulf of California

. This video was produced by Sea Shepherd, a non-profit organization that takes non-violent direct action against illegal poaching: “On February 25, 2017, while patrolling the waters of the Gulf … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Gregory: Two More Maryvale Kids

Two more Maryvale kids dead of leukemia. In Tucson they’re trying to suck the TCE down to “acceptable” levels. In Kingman it’s poison gas plants. In the San Pedro, nitrates … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, The Counterfeit Nomad

Drunk, he was pulled from charger Left impaled on bush and tree Now lives near 15 deerhounds With more respect than he. Perpetual nomad, had he but been like Byron … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Andrea Gibson — Say Yes

. Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1999. Gibson’s poetry focuses on gender norms, … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chuck Taylor: Nature has many faces, more perhaps than the gods of Hinduism

Companions Vampire had a green-gray slug that liked to sleep in his ears. He was a musical slug, and had a soft buzzing way of humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Justin Vicari: Shackles

Long ago, they were heavy and clanged everywhere. Some people claimed not to see or hear them. These people were mad, and they made their shackles heavier. Now and then … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

Kim Yideum: I Believe in the World

Even when I walk alone at night, even when someone quietly follows me into the back alley, I believe. I believe flowers will bloom. I believe the stink and the … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment