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James Dubinsky: Veterans turned poets can help bridge divides

Today, there are approximately 20.17 million veterans – 7 percent of the U.S. population. That’s more than 20 million stories, along with the stories of their loved ones. Sometimes poetry is the most effective way to capture both the ambiguity and the story.

November 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Charlotte Mew: The Cenotaph

Not yet will those measureless fields be green again
Where only yesterday the wild sweet blood of wonderful youth was shed

November 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Woody Lewis: Guns Under the Bed (book review)

Anyone who protested the Vietnam war will appreciate the candor of Jody Forrester’s memoir.

November 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Monsoon

Up river, the rich
are counting their gold
and hiring armies to protect them.

November 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ann Jones: “Now is the time to be angry.”

Remembering Forgotten Afghanistan

November 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Seeing the Future

For the sake of the world, let us hope that this time Cassandra will be believed.

October 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Angele Ellis: Dances of Death | In Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling, an experimental young Syrian poet makes his book-length debut in English

What would happen in this vast dagger
If America stopped eating human flesh
For three days?

October 15, 2021 · 6 Comments

Bryan Farrell: ‘The only way out of Libya is by sea’ — How migrant rescuers are making history in the Mediterranean

While governments fail to meet basic humanitarian requirements, rescue organizations like Sea-Watch are taking life-saving action on the frontlines of the European migrant crisis.

October 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Gregory Djanikian: The Aestheticians of Genocide

Along the Euphrates, some women
died in their own blood, and some,
holding their children close,
threw themselves into the river

October 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Accountability for the mistakes, miscalculations, and lawless policies of the war on terror has proven not just elusive, but inconceivable.

October 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Yifat Susskind: Three Lessons to Chart a Path Forward in Solidarity With Afghan Women

This time we can stand with Afghan women on their own terms, by asking them what they want and working hand-in-hand with them to support their leadership and meet their communities’ needs.

September 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nick Turse: A Forever Wall for Our Forever Wars

Americans have been killing civilians since before there was a United States.

September 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Edison Jennings: The Cats of Rome

The cats of Rome sleep, feed, and breed
among the tumbled travertine, and slip,
tails high, across the flag draped avenues.

September 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

Thomas W. Fraser: Overcoming Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘three evils of society’

We can still bend the arc of history through a ceaseless pursuit of beloved community.

September 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

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