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Barbara Hamby: Ode on Dictionaries

A-bomb is how it begins with a big bang on page
one, a calculator of sorts whose centrifuge
begets bedouin, bamboozle, breakdance, and berserk,
one of my mother’s favorite words, hard knock
clerk of clichés that she is

August 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Though There are Torturers | Michael Coady

Though, at this moment,
Men are screaming in prisons,
There are jazzmen raising storms
Of sensuous celebration

August 13, 2022 · 9 Comments

Tamara Nassar: Israel’s Savagery in Gaza Claims the Lives of More Children

Israel is able to perpetrate this violence against them thanks to the international impunity and support it continues to enjoy, especially from the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

August 11, 2022 · 5 Comments

Fiore Longo: The Maasai Are Under Attack in the Name of Conservation | ‘This Is Our Land, and We Won’t Leave’

We can no longer turn a blind eye to human rights abuses committed in the name of conservation.

August 4, 2022 · 11 Comments

Abayomi Animashaun: History Lesson

On the wall is a map of places, the so-called explorers
— Mungo Park and the rest of them —
Discovered. But did they know
Of my longing to kiss you tonight?

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena: Two Poems

In a country nobody can locate
on the map, the birds
migrate to the north
with the ashes of trees on their wings

July 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Dead Russian Soldier

My father lived in the land
where your son lies unburied,
now wasted by fire once again,
my kin were slaughtered there,
interred unhonored.

July 27, 2022 · 9 Comments

Stephen R. Shalom and Dan La Botz: Ukraine and the Peace Movement

It is urgent to end the war in Ukraine. But to achieve this goal, “Russia Out Now” is a better slogan than “Diplomacy Now.”

July 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

John Lawson: Two Dreams

She is one of that generation the heroes fought
And died for, inheritors of prim suburban homes
Purchased by the drowned

July 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Red Right Hand

Past the square, past the bridge
Past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm
Comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with
A red right hand

July 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Frida Berrigan: This Is My Song

What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

July 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thích Nhất Hạnh: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints.

July 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Abayomi Animashaun: Collateral Damage

In the orchards, the old revolutionaries
Have gathered again for tea

July 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

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