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Bhikshuni Mettika: Just in Case

The mountain went on holding me. Then it let me go.

April 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Wake Up Love

Love sleeps nude and unashamed,
a glass of water near to quell the fires
we mistake for love, a blanket to wrap
the broken who come to her bed alone.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

John Feffer: Waiting for the Cyber-Apocalypse

The Cold War Has Already Turned Hot — on the Internet.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Little Armenia

The city remained apart from you
Lying beyond Zaiandeh River.
Only poets of midnight
Knocked at the door of your taverns…

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Vandana Shiva: Reclaiming Our Common Home

Expand the commons to include everything we need.

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Chard deNiord: “We Will Not Give Up on Each Other”: A Conversation with Major Jackson

We are living in an age of absurdity, but I am casting for wider seas.

April 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” – Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13, as Moses directs the Israelites to appoint officials who will govern justly.

April 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Yana Djin: “Doctorow” by Dmitry Melnikoff

Doctorow comes out onto the dark shore,
holding a hand over his worn-out heart

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Sitting in the Dark

On the day another black man is shot
I sit with my family watching sparrows
pick through soil warmed in sunlight.

April 20, 2021 · 7 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

The chaotic roll-out of the vaccines has meant that people with access to the internet, reliable transportation and flexible hours have a much easier time getting vaccinated.

April 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rachel Hadas: The Mothers on the Wall

Young men stamping; clouds of dust their feet
Stir up; the gleaming weapons and the heat –
the women, poised and fearful, gazing down
as the squadron marches out of town

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 16 Comments

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mary Beard | Women in Power

The Western world’s demonization of women in power can be traced back to Ancient Greece, argues the celebrated UK classicist Mary Beard.

April 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

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