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William Astore: Back to the Future at the Pentagon

‘It hardly occurs to us to question how the Pentagon’s mad military scenarios about near-peer wars could indeed end in nuclear annihilation.’

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Nina Kossman: The Bomb

A bomb said to a city:
“I’m falling.”

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Molly Fisk: How to Stop

It depends on the way you were broken:
Body from soul? Mind from memory?

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Clouds Heave

His cat mourned better than I, lying
on her side for weeks across his room’s threshold

April 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rita Sims Quillen: Sugar-n-Spice, Etc.

Once we sneaked out of a slumber party
tiptoed onto an icy bridge
still in our babydoll pajamas and
froze our prissy asses off

April 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Youth

A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters | Lacquer, Gold and Cane

Mario Agustín crafts religious icons and lavishly adorned plates from local plants, soil, insects and cow urine to create unique materials and brilliant pigments, his crafts combine indigenous techniques dating back as far as 500 BCE with methods from the colonial era to create distinctly Mexican works of art.

April 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Coming to Terms

There is no lasting happiness
in this world, only
particles of happiness,
fleeting, unpredictable,
transitory as a fragrance
or a falling leaf

April 10, 2021 · 28 Comments

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Leigh Hunt: Jenny Kiss'd Me

Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!

April 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

Nan Levinson: The Far Right in Uniform (corrected version)

How extreme is the military?

April 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

William Hathaway: The Quiet of the Sky

Quietly, though. The sort of view
people look at and say awesome
while taking pictures of their faces
with their phones with nature scenes
behind them…

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartmann: The GOP Has No Interest in Actual Governing

The GOP is no longer a serious political party. Instead, it’s now a coalition of disparate groups made up of racists, homophobes, misogynists, gun nuts, conspiracy theorists and the ultra-rich.

April 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

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