In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

Following the Paris terrorist attacks, the colors of the French flag appeared on American computer screens, in the icons of apps and the faces of friends on Facebook. As this solidarity with the people of France surged, Americans with connections to the Middle East...
How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown

How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown

Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb. I don’t want to feel the full weight of grief and turmoil...
Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

I was traveling when Dr. Maya Angelou died, away from my poetry community in Washington, D.C. But my Facebook feed was crowded with tributes and powerful remembrances, as writers, survivors, and truth tellers chronicled the impact of Dr. Angelou’s life and words...
Funding our Future

Funding our Future

It’s not just about the bird. When Mitt Romney declared in the first presidential debate that if he were elected he would cut funding for Big Bird, he really meant he’d take the knife to the whole kit and kaboodle. His policy platform called for the total...
The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

It was the nail-biter that wasn’t…not even close.By just after 11,the GOP gave up the ghost. Turns out voters are smart —they knew just what to do.They knew who was for manyand who was for few. The tea party is over,the real work is at hand.And we all...
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