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Majid Naficy: Seven Poems During Trump

You are that apple worm which overnight
Grew into a bloodthirsty dragon
Like Haftvad’s worm in the “Ardashir Chronicles”.

January 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Kenny Stancil: Janet Yellen Bolsters Demand for Biden to Enact Bold FDR-Style Agenda

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen endorsed progressives’ demand for Biden to pursue a bold and egalitarian relief, recovery, and reform program.

January 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Liz Theoharis: The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Many have claimed that those rioters (and the president’s infamous “base” more generally) were all, in essence, poor, working-class white people. In reality, however, among those who have led such racist attacks are business leaders, executives, and multimillionaires.

January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Richard Levine: One Night in America

The first time I noticed my hands
trembling, I was still a young man,
just returned from a war…

January 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Our Casualties

We were living at the Mount Clinton Internally Displaced Refugee camp outside of Roseville the day his death news came in. It struck something throughout the camp of thousands, like an axe cutting through hard wood…

January 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

Kathleen O’Toole: For Such a Time as This

The poet’s ability to inhabit the events, and actors, with King himself center stage, contribute to the power of this collection. Moreover, the questions these poems raise could not be more timely.

January 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate

Frederick Douglass embraced the promise of the Declaration, even while he condemned the United States as a land of hypocrisy, because people talk about freedom, but in fact they deprive millions of their freedom.

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. Then she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her.

January 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Wisdom

With the door shut the child sat in the closet
with his fingers pressed in his ears. Tell me
the truth, wasn’t it wisdom? Hadn’t he had
a sudden insight into the nature of the world?

January 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson: The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol

What happened in the 1850s and what happened in the present are very similar in a number of ways, though the symbol of the insurrectionist Confederate army never flew in that nation’s capitol—not once—until January 6, 2021.

January 14, 2021 · 3 Comments

John Edward Simms: The Populist

The citizens had become victims of a corrupt elite, The Man said, and that is why they could not succeed in society. The Man explained that the corrupt were parasites who sucked the life out of a strong people.

January 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: People Lived Here

I love to break into abandoned houses
in spite of the cover-your-ass no trespassing signs.

January 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Christine Rhein: The President’s Clothes

the drape made to cover any backside,
the pleats to hide extra-
deep pockets. Of course, you can take it
to the bank.

January 11, 2021 · 3 Comments

Sam Pizzigati: Our Post-Trump Democratic Prospects | What the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us

‘Good government’ has always rested on equitable distributions of wealth and power.

January 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

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