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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael T. Young: Concession Speech

People don’t understand that the road
to concession is paved with denial.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Holding My Daughter as We Listen to the News

Because the radio repeats their name
my daughter asks what a Nazi is.

May 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Corona's Jaws: An Anthology of Poetry

Poems by Cynthia Atkins, Jose Alcantara, Judith Alexander Brice, Michael T. Young, Sydney Lea, Charlie Brice, John Samuel Tieman, and Adrian Rice.

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: The Gift

I’m rocked into fields
of a lyrical witness, history rolls over
glittering in sunlight

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: The Monster Under My Daughter’s Bed

During bedtime my little spider monkey
asked what we’re doing about global warming

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Mulch Baptism

The green folds of hillside
in the distance will open like arms to embrace you,
our soils enriched by the return,
the reminder of who we all are.

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Cataract

Prayers and wonder in these arches flicker
into smoke and ash, a single, blind beating wing

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Scrawl

He likes to repeat to himself a phrase from a Keats letter: I will clamber through the clouds and exist. It steadies him like leaning against trees, or brewing coffee … Continue reading

November 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Gossip

Wind tore at trees outside the window. Shreds of leaves and bits of twig clicked at the glass all day. There was nothing to be done and little we could … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: What My Daughter Thinks of Herself

My daughter browses a book on puberty.

July 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Michael T. Young: An American Tree

A tree is never just a tree, it’s not just maple, spruce, or birch but always this tree rooted in American soil, its rot peculiar to this latitude and history, … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Bioluminescence

Old philosophers would call this look melancholia, but I see in this photo of my wife thinking weathers of competing beauty, someone who can be in two places at once: … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

Michael T. Young: The Risk of Listening To Brahms

I like action movies for the same reason I like Brahms, or undiluted scotch, the constant flux of the sea, or the sun’s light and heat stripped down to raw … Continue reading

May 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Reading for Pleasure

I sometimes — no, often — have to say things out loud to understand them because that voice in my head doesn’t sound like me, doesn’t know that words have … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

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