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Wordplay Wednesday: Don’t Go Gently Into That Good Night

Shining light into dark places is going to bring to light what was not seeable otherwise. Illumination may well show you the true nature of things as they are, not as you had imagined or wanted. Beware. It can be unsettling. Shadows will dance. Because you are going to see the true nature of the […]

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Wordplay Wedneday: Looking for Love

I have been looking for you I have searched for you in the kiss of a stranger I have sought you in the eyes of my child I thought you might be hidden in the arms of my mother Or perhaps in the songs my father sang me to sleep. I crumble in defeat Wishing […]

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Wordplay Wednesday: To My Dear Child

Submitted by Sophie Badami, from Pune, India I love you if you reply to my mail But if you don’t reply to my mail, I love you even more. I love you if you acknowledge my e -message, But if you don’t I love you even more. I love you if you acknowledge my existencce […]

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VOD: College Poet Tells the Sad Truth About Growing Up Female

“You were taught to grow out, I was taught to grow in,” Lily Myers recites at the Wesleyan University at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Her haunting poem chronicles the lessons and habits she’s picked up from her mother, passed down from the generations. Mentally she’s been conditioned to think of her self […]

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Wordplay Wednesday: Untitled; Africa

By Victoria Michelle Africa is a young man bathing in blood drenched dirt crying out for salvation to a god willing to sacrifice his own son. If the divine is willing to kill his own seed, how can Africa, the stranger, find sanctuary outside of the four corners of death? I met a man sleeping […]

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Wordplay Wednesday: Rumi’s Greatest Love Poems

You might recall a choice debate over love and poetry between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth: I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love! Darcy: I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love. Elizabeth: Of a fine, stout, healthy […]

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A New Yorker’s Heart-wrenching Poem for September 11

On 9/11/11, after news of the attacks surfaced, Mike Rosen didn’t know if his father would be coming home that day. In his child’s mind, all he knew was: he lived in New York; his dad worked in New York; thousands had been killed in a terrorist attack; his dad could be one of them. […]

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3 Gorgeous Meditations to Kick Off the Week

Happy Monday! If you’re like many active, busy people out there, Monday mornings can be rough. A new week brings a new set of responsibilities, activities, and concerns, and it can be hard not to feel like you’re jumping on an already-running treadmill. Even if it feels like you have a million things to accomplish […]

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You exist outside of rules.

 Do you know what happens when I say: “God is love. Love for everyone and everything”? Someone immediately asks: “Including murderers and terrorists?” Sometime they add rapists, too. And I say yes, including murderers and terrorists. And rapists too. But of course that is not an answer that would satisfy anyone so I elaborate, like […]

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Man with OCD Breaks Hearts in Viral Poem

Neil Hilborn has to make sure he locked the door 18 times before goes to bed. He organizes his food by color before he can eat it. Neil Hilborn has OCD. He has also been in love and his poem about falling for someone while battling obsessive compulsive ticks is powerful, hauntingly honest, and we’re […]

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