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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

W.S. Merwin: Shore Birds

While I think of them they are growing rare
after the distances they have followed
all the way to the end for the first time

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: This bird-of-paradise in New Guinea sounds like something from another planet

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a glimpse into the world of this idiosyncratic little bird, which has proven notoriously difficult to photograph in its rugged natural habitat.

May 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michelle D. Holmes, M.D: Re-opening America

As health professionals prepare for a second wave of the pandemic, a Harvard epidemiologist discusses the injustices arising from rationing medical equipment in America.

May 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Lynn Levin: Buying Produce from the Marked-Down Cart

More than anything I hate waste
and yet how much
of my own life have I let go unused.

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: Grief is a Mouse

Grief is a Thief—quick startled—
Pricks His Ear—report to hear
Of that Vast Dark—
That swept His Being—back—

May 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past

As a black man living in Georgia, I am all too aware of the state’s history of lynching.

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jade Begay: What Indian Country Remembers About Survival

Community is central in the Indigenous response. Identify who in our community is most vulnerable and strategize the best ways to protect them.

May 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Jared Kushner called America’s response to COVID-19, “a great success story.” And some states are moving to aggressively reopen malls, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, parks, and hair parlors and even ordering people to go back to work.

May 13, 2020 · 8 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: W. Eugene Smith in Minamata, Japan 1971

Smith frames: Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath
The mother cradles Tomoko, her misshapen daughter.
Light through a dark window.
A post-modern pietà.

May 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Belle Chesler: This Empire Has No Clothes | In the Classroom That Zoom Built

The gravest and most immediate threat to our most vulnerable students was, and continues to be, hunger. If schools are closed, so is the critical infrastructure that helps keep our nation’s children fed.

May 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Days of Being Wild

in the late middle
of my mortal days on earth
I am still wild in the heart

May 12, 2020 · 5 Comments

John Feffer: The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism?

How will the coronavirus transform the relationship between state and market? A look at oil, food, and finance.

May 11, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: On my recent experience with Covid (maybe)

Yesterday afternoon when I got home from the hospital and booted my computer, I was overwhelmed by the thousands of people who sent me messages of love and encouragement after my recent health scare.

May 10, 2020 · 56 Comments

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