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Emily Dickinson: They shut me up in Prose

They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason — in the Pound —

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Valerie Segrest: Cranberries are Good Medicine

Both Western and traditional medicine agree, cranberries are more than just tart and tasty.

November 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

BJ Ward: First Thanksgiving

A chair was never emptier
than on the first Thanksgiving
after my father died.

November 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Peter Lake: On restoring the soul of the nation

The normal to which we are supposed to want to return is what gave us Donald Trump in the first place, and the forces that produced that outcome have not gotten weaker in the interim

November 25, 2020 · 4 Comments

Judith Alexander Brice: Fledgling Times

The leaves are burnished still,
yet many
bear shades of fall— hints of
ocher, carmine, umber-wheat.

November 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tracey L. Rogers: Black Voters Saved Our Democracy

Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.

November 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Censoring Love

Suddenly, I remember Ezzat
Who was shot in Evin Prison
And buried in the Cemetery of the Infidels
In a mass grave without any gravestones.

November 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Faiz Shakir: Democrats Must Commit Themselves to the Needs of Non-College Educated Workers

Workers without college degrees have suffered most from recent decades of neoliberal fetishization with globalization, unregulated open markets, and corporate-friendly free trade.

November 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Shopping Upstairs

Terror, stasis, glints of hope.
Ghosts of evils that came before,
plague and depression, civil war,
take on new life. So here we are.

November 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Wrigley: What She Said

She said to him, Oh, Jack, what have they done?

November 22, 2020 · 8 Comments

Video: Freed by Fire

“Freed by Fire” follows Molina, a 12-year old Malawian girl who becomes another child in a forced marriage. One female chief is tirelessly working to stop it.

November 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: What is Beauty?

From the Venus of Willendorf in 25,000 BC to Nicki Minaj in 2017 AD, how have women’s bodies been depicted in art and popular culture? Anna Ginsburg and her team of animators, ask how has the ideal of feminine beauty changed through history?

November 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Karen Friedland: High Heels

in order to rule the sidewalks
and men’s hearts —
to beat out all those other dames

November 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: Kelli Stevens Kane’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

In fifty numbered verses—many with the diamond-like compression of Emily Dickinson—Stevens Kane explores how the daily reality of the body suddenly can become extraordinary, paranormal—and how the science of events—such as gravity—can give way to the spiritual…

November 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

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