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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: My Expanded View

A Yoga tutorial. A collapsed body. An expanded view. Peace of mind gone horribly wrong.

August 22, 2020 · 4 Comments

Charles Davidson: Hitler’s Visage in Trump’s Shadow

Trump is the sociopathic bully who having been bullied in childhood by a sociopathic father now bullies his way across America, taking his cues from “strongmen” like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Hitler who bullied his way across the Rhineland and Europe.

August 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be…

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: Confused Prayer

Faith is a tattered blanket in this age
of fear: a drape of old skin, soul’s girth
swelling with sugar-song, a late-stage
hymn soldering heaven to earth

August 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Barack Obama’s Powerful Eulogy for John Lewis

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights.

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg: Sunflower Sutra

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

July 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 15 Comments

James Wright: Trying to Pray

This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
In its dark thorns.

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Karen Friedland: Two Poems of Gratitude

There’s something to be said
for loving your life,
exactly as it is—

June 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jena Schwartz: Preparing for Sabbath

This voice of mine is stuck tonight,
words falling everywhere as I prepare
for the Sabbath, sweeping piles
of debris from the ground…

June 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Fundamental Failure of Donald Trump

A Christian looks at Donald Trump.

June 21, 2020 · 7 Comments

Molly Fisk: God Speaks to the Rope Swings of Summer

in his gentlest voice, reminding them
about change, about fallow fields and the quiet
everything needs to grow stronger

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Last Night in the Freshness that Followed a Summer Rain

How we looked into each other, how we danced through vampire nightclubs,
our intentions green and full of desire…

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

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