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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Buddha Shakyamuni: Diamond Sutra

a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning:
view all created things like this

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

What did you bring to the world?

You don’t have many days to stay, traveler.

March 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Well-Spoken

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken; it is blameless and not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Good Morning

Across the street, Ginkgo
sway in the breeze
like a gospel choir.

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon

When his mind grew empty
and his heartbeat slowed to a vague stutter,
our father no longer walked the fields at night.

July 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Peace

One of those days when the grain of a wooden table
seems more certain, as if ordained, when gravity feels
like praise

May 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Peter Schireson: Woof

I take Buster out for his walk, above us, wild geese fly south, honking, going nowhere, geese without edges,  no longer geese. Where did they go? asked Baso. “Away,” Hyakujo … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Dear Basho, 

Basho, what is the world if it is not this uneasy faith
puddling and drying as we thrust ourselves toward the sky?

March 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Susan Sonde: Random Motion

Lord, pledge all Your juices. I come alone tonight and solitude narrates what my voice sees in the klieg lights of December. The earth evolves . under its belt of … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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