Katharine Gammon: Overcoming Climate Chaos with Comedy
Turns out, being able to laugh at something increases our ability to understand it—and take action.
Derrick Z. Jackson: How Climate Change and ‘Heat Islands’ are Killing Black People
America’s history of redlining and other forms of housing discrimination means that climate change and the Black community are on a deadly collision course.
Elsa Gidlow: Chance
Strange that a single white iris
Given carelessly one slumbering spring midnight
Should be the first of love,
Yet life is written so.
Carlene M. Gadapee: Give Peace a Chance
The Burning World by Sherod Santos is a complicated and arresting mytho-historical and contemporary narrative demonstrating the pain of war and conflict.
Clarence Lusane: Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis
Two Peas in a White Nationalist Pod
Barbara Edelman: Lot’s Wife
And now I look back
to see that recognition,
was the lesson I took
Video: Chinyanta Kabaso | The Dazzling Diversity of African Dance
The dazzling diversity of African dance — in 14 moves
Svante Myrick: Armed and Afraid
As more senseless shootings claim lives, it’s time to turn away from apocalyptic rhetoric and focus on what actually makes us safer.
Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard: Nameless Pain
I should be happy with my lot:
A wife and mother – is it not
Enough for me to be content?
What other blessing could be sent?
Greg Lobas: Her Animal Self
Hanging by a shred of flesh
next to the silky, glistening club of her ankle joint,
is a dangling puppet of a foot without the strings.
Mike Vargo: AI and the Quantification of Everything
As someone who in fact aced the SAT and similar tests — but who then goofed off probably more than he should’ve at a fine university, and who in adult life has displayed episodes of colossal stupidity — I would not trust any attempt to put a number on a person’s intelligence.
Barbara Hamby: Ode to American English
no one uses
the King James anymore, only plain-speak versions,
in which Jesus, raising Lazarus from the dead, says,
“Dude, wake up,” and the L-man bolts up like a B-movie
mummy. “Whoa, I was toasted.”
Baron Wormser: The Holy War
What resides within Christianity… is the God-person whose life and times were radical and disruptive.
Etheridge Knight: Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane
Hard Rock / was / “known not to take no shit
From nobody,” and he had the scars to prove it: