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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 11 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: The Electrical Engineer

He could make a radio out of anything You’d come home and he’d have put one together out of the parts of that old Defunct television set that died one … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Adriana Ramírez: What does it mean to be a poet in the face of violence?

On Black Bodies, Metaphor, and Mourning . What roles does poetry play in response to violence? Can poets write about racialized violence without reinscribing it on others? –Susan B. A. … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: A Joan Miró-inspired Animation of Federico García-Lorca’s “Romance Sonámbulo”

. Winner of a dozen international awards in 2016, “Sonámbulo/ The Sleepwalker” is a fantastic dream journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García-Lorca. The … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Bright Lights Late Nights — The Speakeasies Swing Band

. The Speakeasies Swing Band  is made up Caterina Sisinni on vocals, Manolis Stamatiadis on Piano, Panos Karnoutsos on electric guitar, Christos Papadopoulos on clarinet and Ilias Gkirmpas on saxophone. Together … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Progress Street

For Halloween in 1960, I dressed as an election booth festooned with Kennedy stickers & buttons.   If you’re a woman over 60 & someone says ‘coat hanger,’ you don’t … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

David Ades: In Response to the Accusation that I am Part of a Vast Jewish Conspiracy to Control the World

  If I could stop wrestling with entropy   long enough to consider this notion raised over and over the years like a scaffold, like a hangman’s noose and dangled … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nina Pick: Deportation Liturgy

Dear Mr. Spicer Like the scent of strawberries in the foyer at the bank your words say one thing and your voice another on a California mountain there are wild … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Postmodern Jukebox — All About That Bass

  Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Christina Rossetti: February 14. 1883

A world of change & loss, a world of death, Of heart & eyes that fail, of labouring breath, Of pains to bear & painful deeds to do:— Nevertheless a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: On the Persistence of Color as a Way of Seeing the World

Less than fifty years ago it would have been illegal for me to marry the woman I’m married to in the state where I now live. I didn’t know this … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Ray Bradbury on Violence, Love, Laughter, and Sadness

. In this clip, author Ray Bradbury talks about our relationship with violence, love, laughter and sadness. Bradbury was a fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer, best known … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Gorilla God

The interview room cold, the angles softly hardened against sound. The inevitable question arises: What makes a good poem? I’m never prepared. On radios across the country, silence pulls a … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment