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Clarence Lusane: The Decline of Democracy

White Christian Nationalism now forms the basis of the Republican Party and is now targeting every facet of public life.

December 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

Uttara: Fire

As dawn was breaking,
wisdom rose in the east—
and set fire to the long dark night.

December 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Ukraine’s Battle of the Somme

Putin’s bloody debacle in Ukraine reflects a system “in which medievalism meets Stalinism meets dark farce.”

December 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum: The Toddler

Almost anything will break
The toddler’s heart: His mommy’s keys
Singing from the bowl of loose ends
And change on her way out the door
For work.

December 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jacob Goodwin: America Should Not Be Governed by Fear—And Neither Should Its Teachers

Robust civic life requires a renewed focus on civics and history in our public schools and a reversal of a decades-long trend limiting instructional time.

November 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 19 Comments

Hanganh Vo: COP27 | Progress or Performance?

COP27 was sponsored by Coca-Cola, the world’s leading polluter of plastics. Unilever, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Endesa, and a host of coal companies are past sponsors.

November 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tony Gloeggler: Working Class Heroes

My father opened the trunk, 
tossed me my glove with a worn 
hardball tucked in its pocket, eased 
into a catcher’s crouch as I paced 
60 feet away.

November 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Erecting Stones

Here, in Congo Town, I’m picking up debris
from twenty years ago. Some remnants of bombs
and missile splinters, old pieces of shells from
the unknown past.

November 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

Mike Vargo: The Not-So-Zen of Running

People admire my dedication to running. “What discipline you must have!” they say, and they’re wrong. I run because I enjoy it.

November 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Kae Tempest performs More Pressure | Grace

I used to think
Things were so clear
I was so near to nowhere

November 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Fred Everett Maus: Listening to Bach, Three Days after a Shooting

It’s quiet in the room where I am writing. 
Bright afternoon sun flows in, oblique, 
glorious light in these days of mourning, 
perfection pouring down on a shattered world.

November 25, 2022 · 4 Comments

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