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Gail Langstroth: Easter Sunday

then The Sun This Morning : one round, middle C

April 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: The Road from Eden

The secret is in the vigil of watching and listening…

April 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: Within The Weeping Was Joy

Preface to the 2nd Edition of The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid

April 7, 2023 · 7 Comments

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues: Why Intergenerational Thinking Is Essential to Heal the Planet

As humankind grapples with climate change, communities around the world show what’s possible by planning hundreds of years ahead.

April 6, 2023 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: The Witch’s Tower (excerpt)

~ the first two pages of a bound manuscript composed by the philosopher Linnaeus of Iskar in the reign of Ottolo the Befuddled; the rest of the manuscript being illegible having been damaged by water

April 1, 2023 · 10 Comments

Chard deNiord: Tree of Wisdom

I am taken in by its stand and breadth,
marveling at its brawn and reach of branches,
studying each leaf like the page of a sacred book,
embracing its trunk like a void.

March 26, 2023 · 9 Comments

Sydney Lea: A Monk After Dark

One boot sags like him in his cubicle’s corner.
He drops the other to the floor with a grimace.

March 21, 2023 · 3 Comments

David Kirby: My Girlfriend Killed James Brown

“Yeah, I got bumped up to first class, and when I saw who
my seatmate was, I went back to economy and told my girlfriend,
and even though she had the flu, we switch places, and three
weeks later, James Brown is dead.”

March 16, 2023 · 8 Comments

David Hassler: Intensive Care

Children under the age of fourteen weren’t allowed in the ICU. I was eleven, and my brother was thirteen, but no nurse or doctor was going to stop us from seeing our mother.

March 12, 2023 · 7 Comments

Robert Wrigley: Self-Pity

Sometimes, in private—another room at least,
another building all the better—you can bask
in the balm and rage of it, you can as a dog does
roll in it like a dead fish on the grass

March 5, 2023 · 18 Comments

Video: The Japanese Sword as the Soul of the Samurai

A rare glimpse inside a samurai sword workshop, where ritual meets mastery

March 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Death, Herself

UNDRESS, SHE SAID by Doug Anderson, Four Way Books, Tribeca 2022, 102 pages, $17.95 . .             You might think, opening Doug Anderson’s fourth poetry collection Undress, She Said, that a man … Continue reading

March 3, 2023 · 10 Comments

Nneka M. Okona: The Imposition of Black Grief

For Black people in the United States, grief and loss are intertwined with our very being. Our ancestors knew the trauma of loss intimately…

March 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Carolyn Miller: Rapture

When they said the world was coming to an end,
I thought about my brother, his long limbs,
his good shoulders and thick hair, his small
white teeth, his beautiful feet at the end
of the hospital bed.

February 26, 2023 · 9 Comments

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