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Sonali Kolhatkar: Beyond Cancel Culture | How to Hold Each Other Accountable—With Love

‘We can’t go around punishing people in the present for the trauma that was inflicted on us in the past.’

September 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Michael Simms reads five poems of joy and acceptance

Imagine being so in love
The mistakes you make
Keep you on the ground
Imperfect and happy

August 28, 2021 · 21 Comments

Michael Simms: Only You

I woke this morning remembering the room we had in Paris which looked out on the Seine.

June 26, 2021 · 14 Comments

Kenneth Fearing: LOVE, 20 Cents The First Quarter Mile

I forgive you for being beautiful and generous and wise.
I forgive you, to put it simply, for being alive, and pardon you, in short, for being you.

February 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Ten things I should have figured out before now

Love is complicated. Courtesy is simple. Start with courtesy.

May 23, 2020 · 14 Comments

Pilar Lopez-Cantero: Your love story is a narrative that gets written in tandem

By coming to recognise the degree to which overlapping and different narratives shape our expectations in love, we can avoid some of the worst outcomes.

May 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Danusha Laméris: Reading My Valentine’s Poem to Frank X. Gaspar

I am thirty-two, and in love, again, this time
with a man whose name rolls off my tongue
like water. I’m afraid of hope.

February 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Antbed

You may remember my father
died when I was eight
my mother closed up
the house and we went to stay
with my grandmother for a few months

November 17, 2019 · 6 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: The Adoration

All morning I groom you with tiny lovenames.
I am a cat, you are my kitten, cowlicked
with locution.

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Baruch November: Beard 16

Most Hebrew Schools cut the Song of Songs
out of the classrooms.
I would have liked to learn how thighs can be of gold

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Yana Djin: Love

what i have asked, Lord, you have granted
thank you for the days
and nights
for the rays
that fall slanted
across the face

June 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues — As the Years Go Passing By

. You know my love will follow you As the years go passing by Give you all that I own That’s one thing you can’t deny… . “As the Years … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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