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Paul Christensen: Apocalypse Soon

We are outnumbered by countless other creatures, dwarfed by the complex imperial government of birds, by the subterranean empires of worms and grubs albino larva, moles, gophers, beetles with vast pincer jaws, by nomadic tribes of aphids and cutworms, by thread-like parasites that feast on my annabels in mid-summer, and of course, by the king of blood bandits, the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spawns in our lowland catchments and marshland.

November 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michelle Bitting: Pandemic Mask Sonnet

The world’s gone mad at the wheel
While bees and seas soar for bloom, germs and chaos
Straining against reorder.

November 21, 2021 · 8 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: One Nation, Under Rage, Divisible

Anger can cause us to neglect gratitude, kindness, and integrity. As we mature as individuals and a nation, it’s our responsibility to redirect anger in ways that lift us and others up, to channel the energy into a higher vibration. To channel the passion of rage into love.

November 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Door

The first time I saw him
he was a beautiful Irish boy,
an extra in a Synge play…

November 20, 2021 · 23 Comments

Michael T. Young: Reflections on Richard Hugo’s Poetry

I believed the necessity
of that suffering world, hoping it would learn not to do
it again. But I was young. The world never learns.

November 19, 2021 · 9 Comments

Aidan Rooney: Reliquary (after Ida Faubert)

Here, in a small rosewood box
lined with silver satin,
your locket still attached
to a closed gold chain.

November 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Nat’s Story | Their Love

Nat experiences oppression, xenophobia and misgendering from their own family. Their mother has a spiritual experience that reveals the importance of honoring their child’s nonbinary identity. The film parallels crossing the US-Mexico border and traversing the gender binary.

November 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Christopher Bursk: The Procession to the Palace of King Neptune

How could a man, barnacled as rock
at low tide, rank as seaweed,
have a story worth listening to
by a prince enamored of the moon?

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Waldman: The GOP’s Next Coordinated Attempt to Steal an Election Won’t Be So Amateurish

Proponents of the Big Lie are removing obstacles to stealing elections in states around the country.

November 17, 2021 · 4 Comments

Katy Giebenhain: Falling Asleep in a 300-Year-Old Industrial Cottage in Derbyshire Surrounded by Star Wars Action Figures

the enemy with a thousand faces
the mentor with a thousand faces
the waitress with a thousand faces

November 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Mandy Smithberger, William D. Hartung: How to Cut $1 Trillion from the Pentagon

A CBO report requested by Bernie Sanders lays out three options for a modest Pentagon trim over the next decade. Can we pull it off?

November 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Chard deNiord: I Was Swimming

I was swimming with you in a river
that was both rushing and still.
Remember?

November 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

George Monbiot: Wealth Curse

Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich?

November 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Robin Davidson: Mrs. Schmetterling Kneels in a Garden

Mrs. Schmetterling is tired. Her imagination is
pressed like a tiny chestnut blossom between the pages
of old letters and recipes, a book of days.

November 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

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