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Video: Mighty Sam McClain — When The Hurt Is Over

. Samuel McClain (1943 – 2015), billed as Mighty Sam McClain, was an American blues singer and songwriter. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, McClain began singing at the age of five … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Tyehimba Jess reads “Negro Migration”

. . Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his collection Olio,  was born in Detroit and earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Mystery

An unwilled force drives pale shoots into the air. Something powerful underneath it all, harder than a fist, keeps making things rise, until they burst out of nothing into a … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Empty Bed

At midnight I wake up To the sound of a voice: “Change the battery! Change the battery!” Is my son coughing From his asthma Or asking for water At his … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Poet Amal Kassir tells us what war really is

. Amal Kassir is a 20 year old Syrian-American student and spoken word artist. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she says she came from a dinner table of tabouleh … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Restraint

It takes great effort on my part, walking the colorful, tree-lined streets on these fresh and beautiful new spring days, not to turn to the next person coming my way, … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: W.S. Merwin reads “Yesterday”

. W.S. Merwin reads his poem “Yesterday.” Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association with the Poetry Foundation. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nika Knight: Joan Baez Goes Viral With ‘Nasty Man,’ a Protest Song for the Trump Era

“Here’s a little song/about a man gone wrong/while building up his evil empire.” . Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. Joan Baez, … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Herman Hesse: Trees

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Marriage Proposal — A Found Poem

free estimate available   inventory includes socks, shoes, books, kitchen utensils, tooth paste tubes, headaches, hard laughs, affection nearly always, sickness real and imagined, gravity induced wrinkles and frowns   … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kristofer Collins: Acts of Contrition

for Jason Irwin The bell tower burned down the same year my father busted his right wrist chasing a wobbly foul ball right off the garage roof near Butler and … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Lowell & Bishop — Letters from the Road

The robins are shrieking as they do before a storm she wrote Lowell who wanted to marry her,   but she knew better. Come to Yaddo, he wrote. There’s a … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 4 Comments