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Carl Jung: The Rainmaker

There was a drought in a village in China. They sent for a rainmaker who was known to live in the farthest corner of the country, far away.

September 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Haya El-Refai: Laya’s first Eid

When war comes, it steals everything: souls, memories, homes, happiness, love and safety. Instead, it brings fear, blood, death, darkness and terror.

September 9, 2021 · 10 Comments

Lindsey Royce: Purification And All That Fuckery

My hovel, my mess—surfaces like baseball mounds, my pubic mound—books papers piled, my checkbook math, an epic fail—cleanliness, godliness—washing the carpet, the body—a good Catholic girl I was scared of … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests

Anyone who hasn’t been in the Chilean forest doesn’t know this planet. I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world.

September 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Love’s Philosophy

Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—

September 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Lara Harb: The meaning of cowardly dogs and other puzzles of Arabic poetry

The evocation of wonder was the main goal of classical Arabic poetry.

September 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Late Summer

Time holds everything in its ghostly hands, like someone touching the hot wine glasses on a merchant’s table.

August 29, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: Michael Simms reads five poems of joy and acceptance

Imagine being so in love
The mistakes you make
Keep you on the ground
Imperfect and happy

August 28, 2021 · 21 Comments

Bhikshuni Vimala: At the Foot of the Tree

My mother taught me how to sell my youth for money and some sense of power, just as her mother had taught her. At our front door, I answered the … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: In the Other World

Our beloved lay down and then eloped
to that other world.

August 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Last Night the Chime Of Tree Frogs

Granny Woman dances
under breeze-shivering branches,
her skirts a waltz of wings,
mouth full of stories.
She has emptied her house of men.

August 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

Bhikshuni Chitta: On the Wind

At the top of the mountain, I spread my outer robe on a rock to dry, set down my staff and bowl, took a deep breath, and looked around.

August 13, 2021 · 8 Comments

Michael Gregory: This is your mind as green slime mold

mingling molecules and attitudes
sinews and desires platitudes and functions
nervous circuits and circadian rhythms pure crap
and masterful conceptions

August 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tayve Neese: Still, we wait for sounds of plumage

Still, we wait for sounds of plumage
in this world even angels shun.

August 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

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