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Pratik Pawar: It Took 35 years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why?

The parasite’s complex biology played a role in the delay, but experts say there was also a lack of urgency and funding.

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: ‘Laugh right in its face’ – a poet reflects on her craft’s defiant role in the middle of a war

Poets write poetry to help them come to terms with the terror of their times. The process of writing those poems, and the process of reading them, both offer respite.

April 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Nearly One Million US Deaths from COVID-19 | The Grim Consequences of Sidelining Science

One million US deaths from COVID-19. Catatonic politics on climate change. Communities suffocating from environmental injustice. All these issues are tragically linked by the hardening divisions in the United States … Continue reading

March 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: February 29, 2020

That extra day, that ordinary day,
I got where I was going on the train
and taught the lyric leap, as per the plan;
then, tired, happy, bathed in poetry,
caught a train and travelled back again

March 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: News

our people who do the hard work
of America,
dying as caregivers

February 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Stephanie L. Harper: A Crown Most Unroyal

Some humans really don’t object to dying
as much as they hold dear an asshat’s right
to choose to spread disease over complying

February 9, 2022 · 7 Comments

Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DRPH: The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

January 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Edison Jennings: Flocks of Crowned Spirits

the rich escape to seaside estates                           
sheltering in place a few sanitized days                      
behind elaborate wrought iron gates

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: Stormy Seas

  Well, let’s see what we are confronting these days. Inflation is affecting half of America’s families. The Supreme Court is about to end Roe v. Wade for good and … Continue reading

December 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

George Monbiot: Domino Theory

Now it’s a straight fight for survival. The Glasgow Climate Pact, for all its restrained and diplomatic language, looks like a suicide pact. After so many squandered years of denial, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: What Isolation Teaches Us

The magpies have all packed up and left with the last straggling tourists. I don’t hear their falsetto cries anymore, and I miss them. I love to see two such … Continue reading

October 31, 2021 · 5 Comments

Steve Nolan: With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk | Review

With Aeneas in a Time of Plague by Christopher Bursk Ragged Sky Press (July 5, 2021) $15.00. 98 pages . I believe every poet has a good reason why they … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Christopher Bursk: The Plague in Early Spring

The first week in the first year of the plague,
when we told ourselves there was no plague,
the flowers were more than willing
to confirm our opinion.

September 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Christopher Bursk: Nor are we fit to force our way across

when I was a child
I wanted with all my heart to be the one
to suffer

August 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

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