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David Hassler: Prayer Wheel

At the age of fifteen, I got a summer job mowing grass in Standing Rock Cemetery, where my mother is buried. Early each morning I rode my bike to the garage at the back of the cemetery, where our boss, Al, checked our mowers and sharpened the blades.

April 21, 2023 · 3 Comments

Emily Dickinson: Presentiment – is that long Shadow

Presentiment – is that long Shadow – on the Lawn –

April 21, 2023 · 1 Comment

Jake Johnson: Summer Lee Blasts GOP’s ‘Pro-Starvation Agenda’ as McCarthy Plots Food Aid Cuts

“Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

April 20, 2023 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: Fool

After the fool leaves The Tragedy of King Lear, where
does he go?
Home to see the wife, play ringolevio with the
neighborhood kids?

April 20, 2023 · 4 Comments

Wally Swist: The Caregiver

the depth of bad
feeling is in proportion
to how good we are

April 19, 2023 · 6 Comments

Jennifer Franklin: As Antigone

I will not walk away.
The moment the nurse
pressed your splotched
body into my arms,
your needs fixed my fate.

April 19, 2023 · 8 Comments

Amanda Alexander, Deanna Van Buren: The Care(ful) Work of Abolishing Prisons

How to kick our national addiction to prisons

April 18, 2023 · 8 Comments

Richard Michelson: Angels with Guns Guarding the Gates of Heaven

My grandmother didn’t
live to see her youngest son, my father, murdered in a Brooklyn
gutter by a fifth generation, drug-addicted, unemployed house-
painter whose ancestors were dragged here like devils in chains.

April 18, 2023 · 5 Comments

Brett Wilkins: US Lawmakers Call on Biden to End US Taxpayer Support of Israeli Human Rights Violations

“Each year, the U.S. funnels billions of tax dollars to the Israeli government, funding obscene human rights violations,” said Rep. Cori Bush, who signed the letter. “We must stop funding Israeli apartheid.”

April 17, 2023 · 5 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: When She Was Afraid She Wasn’t Good Enough

When fear scuttled through her thoughts
with its eight slender legs; when she recognized
the shiny black body, the bulbous abdomen

April 17, 2023 · 17 Comments

Video: “All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare

Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.

April 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Future of an Illusion

He is already shriveling into an empty legend, a flimsy cartoon of ruthless malevolence.

April 16, 2023 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Hatred

I scythed, mowed, axed
hoed, trimmed, yanked
and eyed with vicious intent
this intruder eating my garden.
But the satanic bramble would not die.

April 15, 2023 · 25 Comments

Video: Alexis Nikole Nelson | A flavorful field guide to foraging

Whether it’s dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show how freely growing flora could make its way to your plate.

April 15, 2023 · 4 Comments

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