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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

David Huddle: Bliss Happens

It’s talk that charms the heart. I’ve had it in real
life–folks who conversed with me the way Armstrong
and Fitzgerald sang duets.

August 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Theo and Celeste

As Theo and Celeste play a game of ‘would you still be my friend if’ to test their new friendship, their hypothetical questions become reality, forcing them to confront their deepest fears and strongest yearnings.

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roberta Hatcher: By Yellow Lamplight

But what of the happiness they wrought?
Laughter around a table, flavor of onions
and mustard and salt, music to drown the sound
of his weeping. All the gods are fallen.

July 24, 2019 · 5 Comments

Video: I was in your blood

A touching portrait of a young boy who falls in love with his babysitter.

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Clare: Summer

I’ll lean upon her breast and I’ll whisper in her ear
That I cannot get a wink o’sleep for thinking of my dear;
I hunger at my meat and I daily fade away
Like the hedge rose that is broken in the heat of the day.

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The Betrothal

And why should I be cold, my lad,
And why should you repine,
Because I love a dark head
That never will be mine?

June 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: I once flew in my dreams

I once flew in my dreams.
Then I read a book
that taught me how to control it.

May 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Edna St Vincent Millay: Ashes of Life

Love has gone and left me, — and the neighbors knock and borrow,
And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse

May 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Singing Canyon Sonnet

I have to say something about the blue grasses by the side of the road,  the red rock rising behind them, a lacy kind of scrub juniper,  yellow-green in afternoon … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Oh Baby

Two scientists in love invent a time-space machine that becomes a vehicle for their spending eternity together. Music Video for the LCD Soundsystem song “Oh Baby.” With Sissy Spacek and … Continue reading

February 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Modern Declaration

I, having loved ever since I was a child a few things, never having wavered In these affections; never through shyness in the houses of the rich or in the … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: Tempests

We are sitting in the nature garden on the southern side of the campus. It is dark, and the autumn wind has picked up her ancient violin. We are talking … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Afterword (From the Ashes of a Love Story)

From the Ashes of a Love Story: Approaching the microphone in a small room, a young woman prepares to make the speech of her life. Desperate to find her voice in … Continue reading

November 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Susan Sonde: The Lone Pine

The wind peppered us that day, it raved like a lunatic in the asparagus fern. Affixed to nothing so much as everything it circled, it landed (somewhere outside Miami) but … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

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