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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Iman Chahine Sharba: God of Dreams

God passed away empty handed
But with regret
And like a sly boy
Broke with his shoe
the last dry loaf of bread.

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Peter Makuck: Grackles

But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
return

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sally Bliumis-Dunn : Echolocation

I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Patti Smith sings “The Tyger” by William Blake

Through song and story, Patti Smith gives us new insight into the transcendent genius of William Blake.

November 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Sarah Gordon: Acta Sanctorum

Aldhelm danced like a clown in the public square,
to win hearts, then souls, he said, and we love him
for that impish joy, that easy surrender

November 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad: The Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

The short story ‘Sultana’s Dream’ (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Bengali writer and activist, takes place in the mythical realm of Ladyland. Gender roles are reversed and the world is run by women, following a revolution in which women used their scientific prowess to overpower men.

November 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: A Love Poem for Lonely Prime Numbers

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. He also has a complaint about Paper People. Here are two lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

November 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

James Wright: Northern Pike

We prayed for the game warden’s blindness.
We prayed for the road home.
We ate the fish.

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jason Irwin: Monster

On rainy nights when the roof leaked,
when the bills piled up, nights I lay in the hospital
waiting for X-rays or surgery
the monster’s shadow stained the walls.

November 21, 2019 · 2 Comments

Luray Gross: Fox Follows

At noon, fox lolls in the sun
rises and trots, pausing now and then
to look my way.

November 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: George Habash Sandwich

We returned from a Trump protest
And wanted to walk in Golden Gate Park.
We stopped at a sandwich shop
Which smelled like Tehran.

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: On the Abundance of Shell Hinges after a Storm

How have these ligaments
held, for their umbones, each life’s intention
of never letting go?

November 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Antbed

You may remember my father
died when I was eight
my mother closed up
the house and we went to stay
with my grandmother for a few months

November 17, 2019 · 6 Comments

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

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