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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael Simms: Coming to Terms

There is no lasting happiness
in this world, only
particles of happiness,
fleeting, unpredictable,
transitory as a fragrance
or a falling leaf

April 10, 2021 · 28 Comments

Video: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Alexander discuss “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

President-elect Joe Biden, poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and a chorus of working fathers and sons join Poetry in America host Elisa New to reflect on Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays.”

February 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: Snow

Ghosts wear snow in the early morning hours and walk around like debutants at a ball. The wind lifts the hems of their long dresses and there is nothing beneath but a few dog tracks. How lonely it must be to be dead.

February 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Negative Space

Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space” is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.

January 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: Double Visitation

There I was with my father again alive
walking around the back yard together,
and I hardly noticed that it wasn’t our back yard
or that he looked like he was in his fifties.

September 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Fatherly Advice

Live every moment of your life
As if you are just born

September 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Daughter of the Sea

Daughter of the Sea is a cinematic poem evoking a fisherman’s relationship with his daughter and with the sea. Shot in the French town St Jean de Luz.

July 18, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Work

The father sanded the gunwales,the boy coiled the lines.
And I admired them there, each to his task
in the quiet of the long familiar.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: No Map

To neither did I say how much
I loved them, nor express the extent of my fear.
Their bodies are delicate glass boxes
at which the world begins to fling its stones.

October 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Summer, Duluth, M.N.

we reel
in crappie after crappie,
laughing at their name
and the ease at which
they are hooked

July 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

Was my father’s leftover stuff the key to who he really was?

June 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Swamp Thing

The next morning I rode my bicycle to Wolf Corner where coyotes and dogs were
Hung on a wooden rack to discourage coyotes

June 6, 2019 · 7 Comments

Video: Where are the African Gods?

. “Where are the African Gods to save us from this misery and shame?” Lyricist Abbey Lincoln and director Rodney Passé create a meditative portrait of black masculinity through images … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: What Men Fear Most

. London-based actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrel’s new film focuses on the emotional affects of modern masculinity: “Masculinity is something that people kill and die for….If you are emotional you … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

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