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Erica Etelson: In order to transcend Trumpism, we must tend to suffering — not celebrate it

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to turn away from the delusion of sweet revenge, and show compassion for those we may dislike or detest.

May 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Carolyn Miller: By the Time

By the time the light reaches us, empty
sunflower fields are pitted with more craters.

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rajan Menon: The Economic Consequences of the War

The conflict in Ukraine Is a disaster for the poor of this planet.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bunkong Tuon: Two Poems

I wake up overwhelmed
with love. Time slows.
I hear each beating of
the wings on a hummingbird.

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: A Duck-and-Cover World?

Welcome to the Ukraine Moment.

April 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Put Your Hand In My Wound

Jesus out of his tomb and wandering
among the rotting corpses in Ukraine,
dragging his bandages behind him.

April 24, 2022 · 11 Comments

Richard Hoffman: Refugee

A man carries his door,
the door of his house,
because when the war is over
he is going home

April 21, 2022 · 6 Comments

Dmitry Blizniuk: Three poems

the night is the clear conscience of the beast

April 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

Kim Stafford: Top Hit

But comrades, if we kill him, someone will make
a martyr song and it will become the anthem sung
by thousands in the streets

April 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Zarlasht Halaimzai | What it’s like to be a war refugee

In this poignant, vital talk, Zarlasht Halaimzai articulates the lingering trauma of being expendable — and shares how belonging to a community can help bring back feelings of long-lost safety.

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

F.R. Foksal: A Slice of Surreality

a cozy little square
where local drunks would
congregate to damn
the vicissitudes
of their tipsy
fate

April 12, 2022 · 2 Comments

Khury Petersen-Smith: Binary thinking on Russia’s war on Ukraine is a losing strategy

We need a progressive politics that shows solidarity with all victims of military violence — while resisting the militarism of our own government.

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Ukraine in Perspective

A Historical Feast of Death and Destruction from the Peloponnesian Wars to Late Tomorrow Night.

April 8, 2022 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Hinge of Summer’s Door

The vernal equinox came and went, like a cat creeping over the newly sprouted heads of anonymous weeds. You hardly knew, unless you were listening to NPR, that such an … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

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