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Kayla Sargeson: Keeping my Dick in My Pants

I’m inside the Atwood Street Mini Mart, staring at the selection of fudge pops in the cooler when a guy walks up, bends down to my ear says “I live … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dear Communist, Dear American

 for Dorothy Healey (1914-2006)    Dear Ms Ebullient, dear Ms Unstoppable, dear Red Queen of Los Angeles. Dear Dorothy born Rosenblum,   Red-Diaper Baby. Did you really read Upton Sinclair … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Afterglow

. This short lyrical film by Sweetgrass Productions won “Best in Show” at the 2016 New York Drone Film Festival. Afterglow has been hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sun Tzu: How to win against Donald Trump and the forces he represents

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. — If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. — He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Letter from Flint to Lansing

 I will fix it. — Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State 2016   Come and rock our babies, hold their bottles and their cups. Stop saying you are sorry. … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Pablo Neruda: Poetry is Rebellion

I have never known how to be eloquent in my appreciation. The world’s magnitude, knowledge, acknowledgement, the joy of a gift received, smooth as a comet’s passing, all this and … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Leslie McGrath: Trump-wrung

It crackled like a stun gun the news (I swear it did) and when we picked ourselves up off the floor (tiled, concrete, packed-earth, marble) of our assumptions it was … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Night Visitor

This morning, faced with having to brave the arctic morning air to get to my mailbox on the road below, there were tracks in the still lingering patina of snow … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Audio: Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel — “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel have fun covering this American classic written by Frank Loesser in 1944. Although a perennial holiday favorite, the song has become controversial in recent years. … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 4 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: First Fig

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! . Edna St. Vincent Millay … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Operation Badger Tooth

Once a year, on December 25, a darkness comes up from the earth into my life. On December 24th, nineteen sixty-seven, a battalion landing team comprised of three infantry companies … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Women Wage Peace — “Prayer of the Mothers”

. First Published on Nov 15, 2016. Yael Deckelbaum, Lubna Salame, Daniel Rubin, Miriam Tukan, Rana choir, the Hebrews of Dimona and singers from all sectors and religions of Israeli society. … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Napatree Point

A mile from where I live is a beach where in winter I walk the dog, console myself with the ocean’s beauty and ponder the imponderables, like what to do … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 7 Comments