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Elizabeth Romero: This is me without you

I cannot be with the birds
With their mites and their feathers
And their hot little bodies
Their impassioned but inscrutable
Comments on their world

March 13, 2023 · 10 Comments

David Hassler: Intensive Care

Children under the age of fourteen weren’t allowed in the ICU. I was eleven, and my brother was thirteen, but no nurse or doctor was going to stop us from seeing our mother.

March 12, 2023 · 7 Comments

Audio: Robert Frost reads ‘West-Running Brook’ and ‘The Death of the Hired Man’ (with texts)

‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’

March 12, 2023 · 2 Comments

Video: Adjany Costa | A Roadmap for Indigenous communities to reclaim stewardship of the land

Conservation efforts should center those who know the land best, enabling them to tailor solutions to their unique environmental, social and economic realities.

March 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Hots and a Cot

Payphone only cost a dime
in 1963 Wickenburg Arizona
where I had bedded down
courtesy of the local police

March 11, 2023 · 4 Comments

Valerie Bacharach: Chaos

There is no word for parents who have lost a child. Our language is chaotic. We are not widowed or orphaned. We are without, we are incomplete.

March 10, 2023 · 14 Comments

Robert Service: Compassion

For God knows it is good to give;
We may not have so long to live,
So if we can,
Let’s do each day a kindly deed,
And stretch a hand to those in need,
Bird, beast or man.

March 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Patricia Nugent: It Feels Bad

It feels bad that we are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have women’s equality built into its constitution. 

March 9, 2023 · 9 Comments

Jose Padua: Nirvana

enjoying the
path I’m taking
and the unobscured view
of blue mountains
as my hair
slowly turns

March 9, 2023 · 3 Comments

Mike Vargo: Ancient Footprints and Bighorns

The Valley of Fire, northeast of Vegas, is a maze of canyons and towering rock formations in hues from yellow to red…. And on some of those, Indigenous people 2,000 to 4,000 years ago scraped figures and shapes into the varnish. 

March 8, 2023 · 9 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Another Art

Put it on eBay, ka-ching, ka-ching—
keep nothing but the things that give you cheer.
But so many objects seem to want to cling

March 8, 2023 · 9 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: Children of War

Armed violence has percolated into just about every aspect of this country’s being — from violent video games to still-spiking mass shootings to local police forces armed with weapons of war.

March 7, 2023 · 3 Comments

Edward Harkness: Pelicans Diving

They skim so close to waves
they must themselves be waves.

March 7, 2023 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Ethylene Oxide Adds to Toxic Burden for Memphis Residents

Children are particularly sensitive to ethylene oxide exposure as it can damage their DNA.

March 6, 2023 · 2 Comments

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