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Sydney Lea: 2019

The gulls that once patrolled the Bay
of Naples, for instance, long since shifted
attention toward the city’s landfill

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ginger Thompson: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Aura Bogado: The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers.

One of the infants is just 2 weeks old and was born in the United States, making the child a U.S. citizen in the custody of the federal refugee agency.

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel
the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Great Feast

Death, like a weary actress
Has gone behind the stage
To take off her black dress
And put on her lounging gown.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mayeta Clark: When Fracking Companies Own the Gas Beneath Your Land

Natural gas companies have cut down forests and paved over farms on West Virginia private lands, calling it “reasonably necessary” to access subsurface gas they own the rights to. A legal battle with property owners has ensued.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Route Six

A bad time is coming we agree
I peer ahead at the changing shades of gray
On the road ahead
A light rain falls

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: An Ode to Envy — Parul Sehgal

What is envy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction.

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Warsan Shire — Young Poet Laureate for London 2013-14

In her personal London Story, the latest of her commissions as part of her role as Young Poet Laureate for London, Warsan Shire uses the city as the backdrop for an exploration of her feelings of falling in love.

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Occurrence on the Lake Shore Limited

The officer stopped at my seat and thrust his face toward mine. “Are you an American?”

July 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Cassandra Burke Robertson, Irina D. Manta: The government sometimes detains and deports US citizens

More than 1,500 U.S. citizens spent time in immigration detention between 2007 and 2015. In many cases, they were deported.

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: That Quotation from the Talmud

I understand the world will be what it is
when I’m dead. I sometimes look at my hands
and know they are not mine. This body on loan.

July 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Korten: 8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy

An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us there.

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

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