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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Kristofer Collins: This Vicious Year

The common belief is the universe
is cold and empty and this speck of dust
is the only game in town. And what have we done
with this mathematically improbable honor?

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: We will walk in the Riverside Park

We will sit hand in hand on a bench
old and pure,
sinful, human, drenched
in life that offered no cure.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Toute la mémoire du monde (All the Memory in the World)

A bibliophile’s paradise: the National Library of France in a classic documentary from 1956.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Strength

Strength is a film about female physical and emotional strength from the point of view of a weightlifter and narrated by Adele Hampton reciting her poem ‘Lessons in Olympic Weightlifting’.

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ramsha Ashraf: For the One Who Died in the Hands of Wrong Men

Friends were those
Who made her dance naked
with flower-bands around her wrists

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: The Monster Under My Daughter’s Bed

During bedtime my little spider monkey
asked what we’re doing about global warming

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roberta Hatcher: The Knitting Activist

Over under the country unraveling,
the old anxiety returning,
she sits and knits pink hats
for a new generation of women marching.

October 2, 2019 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Writers Block

Fenster McGraw is crawling out the back window of his lover’s house and stumbling into the alley pulling up his pants, and is spotted by the ever vigilant widow Winnie Wildwood with her nineteenth century naval spyglass who’s had her suspicions about that Wilson woman anyhow

October 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sandy Solomon — Little Letter to the Future: Die Off

From the new year, dolphins began dying
by the thousands, and those were the ones we saw,
their bodies washed up on the beaches…

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sarah Gordon: Apertures: Andalusia

Outside, it’s early evening,
the bats lilt through the air
as though they are beautiful.
They are small black doors
into the dark.

September 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: After Morning Rain

It is September, the end of summer.
My backyard maples turning orange
and red and gold.

September 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Entre Ciel Et Terre (Between the Earth and the Sky)

There are only a few regions in the world where the skies meet the Earth with almost no distinction between the two. La Palma in the Canary islands is one of them.

September 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Beard 16

Most Hebrew Schools cut the Song of Songs
out of the classrooms.
I would have liked to learn how thighs can be of gold

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

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