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LETTER TO AMERICA BY JANE HIRSHFIELD

Spell To Be Said Against Hatred Until each breath refuses “they,” “those,” “them.” Until the Dramatis Personae of the book’s first page says “Each one is you.” Until hope bows to its hopelessness only as one self bows to another. Until cruelty … Continue reading

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Christmas Day, 1914

Christmas Day, 1914 My dear sister Janet, It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts—yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In … Continue reading

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James Demore of Google

Published on Aug 9, 2017 James Demore of Google recently wrote a memo detailing his thoughts about Google’s various diversity initiatives. Inside the company, and then outside, it went viral. He lost his job, in consequence: for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” … Continue reading

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A conversation about gun control

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants: Thomas Jefferson. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep … Continue reading

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Digging

Digging BY SEAMUS HEANEY Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his … Continue reading

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Place Name: Oracabessa by Kei Miller

Oracabessa – origins disputed but most likely leave over from the Spanish. Oracabeza, Golden Head, though what gold was here other than light shining off the bay, other than bananas bursting out from red flowers? But this too is disputed … Continue reading

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A Small Needful Fact

A Small Needful Fact Ross Gay Is that Eric Garner worked for some time for the Parks and Rec. Horticultural Department, which means, perhaps, that with his very large hands, perhaps, in all likelihood, he put gently into the earth … Continue reading

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jasper texas 1998

jasper texas 1998 BY LUCILLE CLIFTON i am a man’s head hunched in the road. i was chosen to speak by the members of my body. the arm as it pulled away pointed toward me, the hand opened once and … Continue reading

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The secret of happiness

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Paris Climate Agreement

Friends, Donald Trump is preparing to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement according to multiple news reports. The rest of us, in Mexico and beyond, must be all-in on climate action. This is the time for real … Continue reading

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