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Peter Makuck: Out and Back

Probably my tenth trip to the front window in an hour.  I’m looking at the yard, cellphone in hand, getting footage of my neighbor’s German Shepherd.  He crosses the street, trots up … Continue reading

April 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Battleground

The short film captures the particular discomfort of having to argue for one’s value in a society that should care instead of question. Kwesi, a Black man, powerfully conveys these feelings to his co-director Mark, a white man, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May, 2020.

February 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Sydney Lea: Heterodox

A knows of B
That after grim chemo his hair came back
The doctors reckoned they’d licked his disease

January 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Complaint About Missing Friends after Ten Months of the Pandemic

Verlaine threw pail after pail after
cold water pail on the gravel under Rimbaud’s
windows, to cool the air as he slept.

September 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jason Irwin: Cucumbers

“I still can’t bring myself to buy cucumbers. He loved them.” she says, but never mentions the car accident, or how she had blamed me for your drinking again…

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jason Baldinger: The Hymn at the End

this fucking game is rigged
give your soul, you will be asked for more
eat shit, you will be asked to eat more
repeat until you’re too old to care, then please die

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Alexis Elder: What makes a good friend?

Good friendships seem worth celebrating. But for many of us, tensions can appear from time to time between being a good friend and doing “the right thing.” When faced with, … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: Late Summer Afternoon with a Friend

There were husk cherries that looked like jack o’ lanterned tomatillos, tomatillos as black as plums, and from the rafters hung dozens of bunched heads of garlic still covered with the dirt they grew in.

September 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

Bokar Rinpoche: Friendship

Like birds landing on a tree top together and then dispersing, we are together for a very short time. Therefore, it makes sense to live in harmony in unconditional friendship. … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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