Author: Barbara

The Animated Universe in Verse, Part 1: The Evolution of Life and the Birth of Ecology, with Emily Dickinson

Every year since 2017, I have loved the The Universe in Verse. This year there is a new iteration: “For four seasons, it remained a live gathering — thousands of embodied universes of thought and feeling, huddled together in a finite space built in a faraway time when Whitman’s living atoms walked the streets outside.

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“The Politics of Syntax and Poetry Beyond the Border: A conversation with Ari Banias about his new collection A Symmetry, a book that interrogates everything from whiteness to the meaning of community” by Claire Schwartz

Here’s an article for poetry lovers. Ari Banias’ book, A Symmetry, was published in October, 2021. https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/ari-banias-interview/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%2012.30.2021&utm_term=daily

Anger Rooms

Learning about anger rooms for the first time from A. during our online conversation made me very curious. As far as I know, there is not one in my community yet. I did a bit of online research, and I found this interesting article, “When are Anger Rooms Beneficial?.” For those interested, it is an

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Rebecca Solnit’s New Book

Rebecca Solnit, one of my favorite writers, has a new book out, Orwell’s Roses. I happened upon a 30 minute interview on “Start Making Sense,” The Nation’s podcast. In discussing her book, she talks about politics, pleasure, joy and resistance to authoritarianism. Solnit’s take on George Orwell, the man and his work, was thought provoking.

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