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Bhikshuni Anopam: The Price

All my suitors started off talking about beauty, and ended up talking about money.

March 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Julianne Chung: To be creative, Chinese philosophy teaches us to abandon ‘originality’

Creativity isn’t conceived as aiming at novelty or originality, but rather integration. Instead of aiming at something new, it aims at something that combines well with the situation of which it’s a part.

March 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: On Being a Late-Night Motion Detector Detector

Two tiny yellow eyes stared back at me from the shadows near the shed. This has happened with my dog and with my cats, but I had never experienced this with a rat.

March 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Harriet Powers: Quilt Maker

“The dark day of May 19, 1780. The seven stars were seen 12 N. in the day. The cattle wall went to bed, chickens to roost and the trumpet was blown. The sun went off to a small spot and then to darkness.”

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

Kathleen O’Toole: On Grief, in a time of pandemic

What I’m learning about grief is that
it comes and goes, like the shadow in front of me
on the afternoon sidewalk.

February 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Mike James: Trying to Pray

Some nights I dream of hands holding water
Some nights they are a man’s hands
Some nights a woman’s

February 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rick Campbell: The God Particle

This god particle, if found, might provide light
and warmth, or another weapon capable
of ending time as we know it and sending us
into the dark where even a God can’t save us.

January 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: ‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore’ chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection

From the American Revolution through the Global War on Terror, author Chris Lombardi tells the inspiring stories of people who refused to kill.

January 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Dust

The distinct nothingness of my life
suddenly seems glorious,
a particle of dust dancing in the light
beside eight billion others

January 24, 2021 · 33 Comments

Deborah Bogen: Bashō

Sweet friend, hear me. There will always be trouble.

January 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sunnivie Brydum: 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change

Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

W.S. Merwin: To the New Year

our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

January 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Judith Sanders: First Lesson

…assess this particular pebble’s
cool weight in your palm,
the diameter of its smoothness,
the course it traveled over the seabed

December 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Seven Sacred Songs

There is a footstep
And the light of a lantern.
I hide myself beneath an old blanket
And become filled with the aroma of wheat.

December 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

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