Meditations on Poetry – 2

“We must go back and find a trail on the groundback of the forest and mountain on the slow land;we must begin to circle on the intricate sod.By such wild beginnings without help we may findthe small trail on through the buffalo-bean vines. We must go back with noses and the palms of our hands,and […]

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Meditation on Poetry – 1

Jacaranda, Shirley Kaufman “Because the branches hang down with blossomsfor only a few weeks, lavender clumpsthat let go quicklyand drop to the ground, because the flowers are so delicateeven their motion through the airbruises them,and they lie where they falllike tiny pouches of shriveled skin, because our lives are sagging with marvelsready to fail us,clusters […]

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On Men “Taking a Stand” against wearing Masks during COVID

Much has already been written about the link between masculinity and anti-mask wearing beliefs. In an interview for Mother Jones, political scientist Christina Wolbrecht remarks, for instance, that traditional masculinity and American manhood is built upon an identity and performance of strength, vigor, and health, and a rejection of weakness; it glorifies independence, individual freedom, […]

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