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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Abby Zimet: John Prine as Tender Poet

“If his songs were allowed to exist in the world—so simply written, so profoundly beautiful —surely there was room for other good, decent things, too.”

July 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

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 · Leave a comment

James Wright: Trying to Pray

This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
In its dark thorns.

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: On the Way to Get Chicken Wings We Listen to a Podcast About a Somalian Struggling to Come to America

Most of the others have turned themselves in.
But Abdi is in the basement with his brother.

July 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michelle Bitting: Ode to Sex with You

lips two wild pulsing fish
swift bubbles of nothing
moaned into the air’s
naked ear

July 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Adès: Premonitions of Catastrophe

This was not the burning of witches or heretics
but the burning of a continent

July 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: Fontanelegy

I felt the manic bird
of her heartbeat flutter into my throat,
her unfinished nerves sparking and misfiring,
the tiny wings of her blood rushing in and out.

July 6, 2020 · 7 Comments

Video: Gail Langstroth | firegarden / jardín-de-fuego

About this short film, Gail Langstroth writes: One hot, summer afternoon in New York City, the poet Anne Marie Macari and I met at the Bouchon Café, Time Warner Center, … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Revolution

Revolution is comprised of 7 vignettes where individuals talk, discuss how being Black has impacted them and what the word revolution means to them.

July 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Aileen Cassinetto: There are no kings in America

There are no kings in America.
Only gilded men we can topple
again and again.

July 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Liberty

Issues of politics, gentrification, community and epistemology subtly collide in Humes’s evocative and assured short film, Liberty, which has won awards at Berlin, SXSW and the Miami Film Festival.

July 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sympathy

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling…

July 3, 2020 · 1 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

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