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Poetry by Yusef Komunyakaa more

Dec 5, 2016 7:18 PM Magazine

Poetry by Alicia Ostriker more

Nov 2, 2016 2:01 PM Magazine

In the first two years of his recording career, 1961-1963, Dylan brought a strong progressive perspective to radios and record players around the country. more

Oct 14, 2016 1:19 PM Dispatches

Poetry by Jane Springer more

Jul 6, 2016 4:53 PM Magazine

So many streets burn tonight. I’m non-lethal, full of mercy.Infuse your shirt with cheap vinegar, drunk on my mercy.I could’ve held black olives or honeyed Georgia peaches.Instead I’m a mercenary, fumigating without mercy.O smothering night, let’... more

Feb 15, 2016 4:28 PM Magazine

Photo by tadah/Pixabay POEM by Sarah C. Harwell The seals returned from near extinctionto rest and brood on a J-shaped brooch,fastened, a mile long and a few feet wide, to nothing stable,a breach that interrupts the sea,that ceaseless and unworri... more

Jan 12, 2016 5:07 PM Magazine

"I'm a man who has been a political activist, who has a political consciousness, and who can write poetry." more

Dec 11, 2015 4:12 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

A poem by Martín Espada. Image credits: Jason Espada, Patrick Sylvain. more

Feb 16, 2015 5:24 PM Magazine

Peals of thunder rolled across a pewter sky. more

Dec 5, 2013 11:09 PM Dispatches

It has been ten years since the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq spearheaded by the George W. Bush administration. It is an occasion for remembrance, reflection and deep regret. It was a war built on lies that harmed everything it touched.... more

Mar 21, 2013 1:35 PM Dispatches

Reading Rich’s words would be the catalytic event that moved my writing closer to what I wanted to write: a book in which my name, my experience, did appear. more

Mar 29, 2012 9:42 PM Dispatches

The progressive movement will miss her leadership. America will miss her stalwart conscience. more

Mar 29, 2012 5:11 PM Dispatches

‘I happen to think poetry makes a huge difference.’ Adrienne Rich is one of the leading American poets of our century. For forty years, her distinguished writings have brought accolades, including the National Book Award, the Fellowship of Ame... more

Mar 29, 2012 5:04 PM Dispatches

With Osama bin Laden's death, we see the return of militaristic and nationalistic celebrations of a kind and scale that haven't occurred much since the beginning of the Second Iraq War. more

May 2, 2011 11:13 PM Dispatches

By Isaac Miller Perched among San Francisco skyscrapers Mandeep Sethi guides us through this dreamscape of a song. A meditation on the mechanics of assimilation and cultural imperialism, "Where Do We Go From Here?" deftly interrogates without ... more

Apr 27, 2011 5:41 PM Dispatches

By Isaac Miller This week's piece, "32 flavors" comes from Ani DiFranco, the iconic feminist DIY singer-songwriter and independent record label founder. DiFranco's work embodies the phrase "the personal is political", viewing politics not only... more

Mar 17, 2011 1:35 PM Dispatches

At the close of Black History Month and the start of Women's History Month, we're going to spotlight the intersectional genius of poet, dramatist, and intellectual Chinaka Hodge. more

Mar 1, 2011 3:31 PM Dispatches

By Isaac Miller I am listening to the song "Million Man March" released last year by UK musicians Lowkey and Mai Khalil as the eyes of the world are on Egypt, where the people of the world's largest Arab country are rising up against a militar... more

Feb 3, 2011 6:56 PM Dispatches

We can put a man on the moon, but we can't feed our own people? Gil Scott-Heron wrote his classic poem during the deindustrializing days of the 1970s. Given the current recession and rising inequality, the question still rights true today. I'm al... more

Sep 14, 2010 5:35 PM Dispatches

Culture is an interesting, beautiful, contradictory thing. Music, fashion, ideas: they can be oppressive or expressive or both. Michael Cirelli breaks it down in this poem from his book "Lobster with Ol' Dirty Bastard," which looks at culture fro... more

Sep 7, 2010 2:03 PM Dispatches

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