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Mary Jane White: Friend, You Count Yourself Faithless,

…the Sea and all her ships
are women you are too certain of —
who would not marry you for love.

May 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca (text included)

Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca’s “New York (Office and Denunciation)”

May 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: A Poetry Proposal

There is no shortage of poems and no shortage of strategies to deliver the poems. The failing lies in our wariness. It’s true: to embrace poetry is to embrace a degree of uncertainty. Yet what else is life?

May 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

Bhikshuni Vijaya: Keep Going

Sometimes the most direct path is not a straight line.

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

David Adès: Walkabout

What is sacred to you should be sacred to me…

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Kavita Babu: What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl.

May 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

Wendy Mnookin: Celebration

I’ll fill my wedding vase
with deep-veined lilies, harlot asters,
pollen will dust the table
where I mass them every week.

May 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Anita Gonzalez: A white librettist wrote an opera about Emmett Till – and some critics are calling for its cancellation

To me, the backlash against the white librettist is ultimately a waste of time. Not only is there room for works done in collaboration with Black artists, but cross-cultural, interethnic collaborations also add to the richness and versatility of performed storytelling.

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Kristofer Collins: Jack Teagarden Buries Louis Armstrong’s Oriental Strut, Mesa, NM, ca.1926

lifting the tarnished curve of his horn to papery lips, Jack
Teagarden somewhere in 1947, his heart piled up with booze
and debt, but still a suppleness to his mouth, a flash
of something dangerous in the hard set of his jaw

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rajan Menon: The Economic Consequences of the War

The conflict in Ukraine Is a disaster for the poor of this planet.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Cristina Peri Rossi: Three Poems (with translations)

The Arabian poets say
that fate is the lurch
of a blind stray camel.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Toi Derricotte: Holy Cross Hospital

would our bodies be the same? could we hide among the
childless? she always reminded me of a lady at the bridge
club in her mother’s shoes, playing her mother’s hand.

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jim Daniels: Strawberry

the final time I saw my mother
she was trying to find
the last strawberry on her plate

May 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

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