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Video: Muriel Rukeyser reads “The Speed of Darkness”

.   Don Yorty says about this post: I had never heard Muriel Rukeyser’s voice before I began to make a vimeo of her reading her poem The Speed of … Continue reading

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Walter Bargen: Paint By Numbers

. . . stairs for the void running down to the garden ─ Wisława Szymborska . From fallen fence to ragged tree line, on late September afternoons, each stiff knee-high … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Raj Patel & Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Leslie McGrath: Litany

Each day’s a train bound for Calgary, St. Paul, Santa Fe, its flickering windows a foreign film.   The doors will never open. But the tracks will beckon. You’ll lay … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Maya Lewis: Civil Rights Are Green

A Concise History of Environmental Racism and Justice in the US I never knew the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C to be anything other than disgusting. My family would joke … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rachel Blum: The Night of her Diagnosis

The night of her diagnosis I dreamed her white spiral like a small galaxy that rose away from the hospital gurney and turned back only once. With a face like … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: The Meat of the Matter

Farming animals is as unsustainable as mining coal. What will future generations, looking back on our age, see as its monstrosities? We think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: 9 1/2 Months

This is not a film I wish to be in but there’s nowhere else to go; so I sit on the deck, let fall slow-bruise my heart, pretend this French … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope

ANDERSON, Ind.—It was close to midnight, and I was sitting at a small campfire with Sybilla and Josh Medlin in back of an old warehouse in an impoverished section of … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Richard St. John: Argos

  How had he looked to her when he’d come home? He didn’t know, what with the way the gods were forever cloaking men in mist, giving the old a … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Eliza Newlin Carney: The GOP’s Big Problem Is Big Money

Republican leaders are reeling from their primary loss in Alabama and the demise of their health-care bill, but they have only themselves — and their big donors — to blame. … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marsha Gordon: Blade Runner’s chillingly prescient vision of the future

Can corporations become so powerful that they dictate the way we feel? Can machines get mad – like, really mad – at their makers? Can people learn to love machines? … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment