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Video: When Words Fail in Movies

. What does silence say? A video essay by Filmscalpel. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .  

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Jackson Berry: Fat Girl at Weight Watchers Meeting

I’m supposed to tell everyone I’m dieting & give away pants as they get too big. They say if you feel bad about your loss, go to a grocery store, … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Rana Choir — I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier

. The Jewish Arab women’s choir Rana, based in Jaffa, implores us: “Here and everywhere else in the world, there’d be no war today if mothers all would say: I … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: To Mexican Immigrants

That weekend, on Fourth Street Where the No. One meets the Nine, It was only I Who brought the two lines together. The line going downtown Carried sleepy immigrant men … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Charles Brice: Wisdom

Wisdom is an albatross living in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She’s sixty-six years old, my age, and is nesting an egg, a new life, hope in a shell.   … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Golden Boy

Today I feel the pain of the undocumented Mexican, pain that fear of discovery brings, the shame of it, the painful fear and shame of a mother, naturalized citizen born … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: A Summer of Last Suppers

  When I would come home from school, She would look at me and ask, (In Farsi, a language I had never learned to speak), What I wanted for lunch. … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lost in Light

. As artificial light brightens the night sky, we increasingly lose our view of the stars, planets and constellations, as well as the sense that we’re part of the universe. … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Billy Clem: Winter’s Manly Art

Those times in the clearing, a startling bald spot, like the one on his head, the crown men grow to hate, I tried to speak to him. Useless for work, … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jenne Andrews: Again

How can I reconstruct you, Salvage you from leaves and dust To speak to you again? Remake you like God’s breath From lark wings, shards From Chaco, weft Of Navajo … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Sometimes the Blizzard in My Head Makes It Hard to Find My Way Through the Snow

Twenty years ago during a fierce mid-March blizzard in New York City I walked two doors down from my apartment building to the China Wok carryout at the corner of … Continue reading

March 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”

. Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Robert Walicki: Afraid

You were afraid they could tell by looking you were that kind of man, because of the dead   deer who dove into the front end of your truck head … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Exile in Gorky

They gather close, melded, like titanium and iron, in an upholstered chair. Academician Sakharov, upright, Elena Bonner, leaning hard against him. Her face stained with foreboding. His eyes steady. Sakharov’s … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 1 Comment