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Elizabeth Romero: My Real Resume

I want to know why the corporate mentality sucks so bad.

September 10, 2022 · 6 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: MMPI-5

It’s obvious to all (or damn well should be) that the background checks designed to prevent criminals and/or deeply disturbed individuals from purchasing weapons are pathetically deficient.

September 10, 2022 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: The Horses

People loved her as they might love
A flag or a map or a story
Of a country of green pastures
And low stone walls

September 9, 2022 · 26 Comments

Abby Zimet: Watering While Black

Having grown up (black) in the American South, the good Rev. Michael Jennings, 56, both was and wasn’t surprised last May 22 by the “surreal” arrival of (white) cops in his small Alabama town to confront his nefarious crime of watering a neighbor’s flowers like the good Christian he is.

September 8, 2022 · 6 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: To No One in Particular

I am never happy to see summer go,
earth stripped of its finest voice.

September 7, 2022 · 9 Comments

Steve Fraser: The Trump Supreme Court Is Nothing New

Has the Trump Supreme Court gone rogue? Certainly, its recent judicial blitzkrieg has run roughshod over a century’s worth of settled law.

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Adrienne Maree Brown: Breaking is part of healing

I was in a conversation recently with a friend who had just returned from a meditation retreat. She said one of the ideas shared with her group was that “the teacup is already broken,” a meditation on how the death or ending or brokenness we fear is inevitable.

September 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

Jake Johnson: Demands for Clarence Thomas to Resign Follow New Details of Wife’s Election Scheming

Clarence Thomas heard election cases while his wife conspired to overthrow democracy.

September 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Attracta Fahy: Two Poems

We walk home from the fields,
our young backs arched, aching,
from spreading slits.

September 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Church and the Fourth Estate

When a reporter uncovers a file that reveals a shocking series of child-abuse allegations in Idaho’s Boy Scouts, the investigation rattles a tight-knit community and implicates the Mormon Church.

September 4, 2022 · 10 Comments

Video: Jaimie G | Animals

Comedian Jaimie G talks about our treatment of animals, the environmental impact of animal agriculture and much more in this spoken word poem.

September 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: My debut novel is being launched tonight

This evening the rap artist and filmmaker Christian Nowlin will be helping me launch my debut novel BICYCLES OF THE GODS: A DIVINE COMEDY.

September 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: An Existential Traffic Update for the I-81 Corridor

The Burger King down the block
is open during renovations
and the man who
got shot several times
at his house a few streets away
on Saturday night
survived

September 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Gail Langstroth: Composting on Earth Care Farm

In two handfuls of the finished compost there are more microorganisms
than people on earth, says Mike.

August 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

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