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Wangechi Mutu: A Necessary Madness

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Carl Jung: The Rainmaker

There was a drought in a village in China. They sent for a rainmaker who was known to live in the farthest corner of the country, far away.

September 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Humble Herb is Rival to Prozac

The little notebook, its pages an eye-ease greenish tint, with my staggering penciled captions labeling every blessed thing, each flower picked and pressed and taped down to the page, contains more than specimens of wildflowers from a Vermont meadow. It encloses the first summer I remember.

September 18, 2021 · 5 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Afternoon on a Hill

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

September 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

Sami Grover: The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints

How much attention should each of us be paying to our individual carbon footprint? That question is the subject of a contentious debate that’s been raging in climate circles for quite some time.

September 17, 2021 · 4 Comments

Aidan Rooney: Chestnut Tree (after Ida Faubert)

The courtyard’s chestnut tree,
already shedding leaves
in dulcet sunset heat,
stands tall and grieves.

September 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Lindsay Koshgarian: $21 trillion spent by US on war since 9/11

For just a fraction of what we’ve spent on militarization these last 20 years, we could start to make life much better.

September 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

George Drew: The Poem about the Beatles (with video)

This is the poem about the Beatles that
I never wrote, and now there are more
yesterdays than tomorrows

September 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Animal agriculture emits nearly 60% of greenhouse gases, according to new study

If people are concerned about climate change, they should seriously consider changing their dietary habits.

September 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Josephine Dickinson: Birchen Twigs Break No Ribs

These birches were growing and sinking into their own soil
around the time of the building of Jericho

September 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: Environmental Threats Rapidly Becoming ‘Single Greatest Challenge to Human Rights’ according to UN

“Governments’ failure to act on climate change in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest intergenerational human rights violation in history.” —Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International

September 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jefferson Carter: Cat & Transient

I swore I’d stop writing about liberal guilt
& about cats too, but I must confess
last night, I groomed our little black cat
with my tongue

September 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Kenny Stancil: US Airstrikes Have Killed Up to 48,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Airstrikes conducted by the United States have killed between 22,000 and 48,000 civilians since September 11, 2001, according to a report published Monday by Airwars, a military watchdog that monitors … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Dawn Potter: Heat Wave

a squirrel is hurling insults, and beneath his screeches the cicadas
insist and sigh, insist and sigh, unmoved by his grandiloquent snit.

September 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

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