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An Ode to the Scuffle Hoe

An Ode to the Scuffle Hoe What weapon this? In tool section A I’d not known to miss Your smoothly slicing foray Through the barely there weeds Conspiring today for the weeks coming hence O! Not so! - those ignoble plants! Your sharp ring with ease Hardly turning the soil, so graceful your dance And […]

Posted: July 5 2018
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poem: born yesterday by philip larkin

Tightly-folded bud, I have wished you something None of the others would: Not the usual stuff About being beautiful, Or running off a spring Of innocence and love — They will all wish you that, And should it prove possible, Well, you’re a lucky girl. But if it shouldn’t, then May you be ordinary; Have, […]

Posted: July 5 2017
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medicine poem-pep talk

Spoken word poet and radical self-love activist Sonya Renee Taylor gives us wisdom, first like a shot to the arm and then like a life-saving transfusion.

Posted: February 23 2017
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speaking your truth: in honor of every human being marching in the women's march tomorrow

Audre Lorde for the win!

Posted: January 20 2017
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poem for the dark holy days of winter

To Know the Dark  By Wendell Berry To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. Merry Holidays, y'all! Happy Solstice and New Year!

Posted: December 25 2016
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ultra-extra-awesomely-superb podcast series: earth matters

Have you been listening to Earth Matters?? This fabulous podcast series gives voice to indigenous activists, environmentalists, and people around the globe working for social justice. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Hailing from Australia's community radio station 3CR AM, Radical Radio, you can stream episodes online or download straight form iTunes. The link above will bring […]

Posted: June 14 2016
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a poem to get rid of fear

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAYCf2Gdycc] Because some weeks, and I think this is one of them, poetry is the thing that will carry us up.

Posted: June 14 2016
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acequia poem

Anyone who has farmed in New Mexico can tell you any myriad of stories about the acequia  culture that exists there. Acequias community-managed irrigation ditches that, when stopped up, flood fields along their length. This practice is centuries old and integral to the traditional ways of farming in the high desert of the region, and it closely dictates […]

Posted: May 10 2016
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prairie roots

White-knuckling a fiddlehead in the yard on a summer afternoon my neck and nose burning I remember that vague hot musk smell of it and the roots cemented into miles of cracked clay, the nerve - One time I was scaling a rock wall and lost my balance My hand grasped a clump of bunch grass and it […]

Posted: May 9 2016
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moral boost

   It can seem insane to the farmer to be a farmer in July-- when the flies are buzzing around your head like loud drunken satellites and you're sweating like a mushroom on the grill, sharpening a stirrup hoe with one hand, reordering that devilish self-regenerating to-do list with the next, and then, with the […]

Posted: August 2 2015
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amazing talent

Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night busses and pestering mc's to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, poet and respected recording artist. Here's a snippet from the video above: Look, if all these people were prophets, We’d profit. We […]

Posted: May 2 2014
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the mad farmer

Here's a  little bit of Wendell Berry for your day. The Mad Farmer, Flying the Flag of Rough Branch, Secedes from the Union From the union of power and money From the union of power and secrecy, From the union of government and science, From the union of government and art, From the union of […]

Posted: December 17 2013
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a poet we love

Rebecca Gayle Howell.  Preorder her newest book, Render/An Apocolypse. How to Plant by the Signs When the ground is lit when your back, hands, intent are lit full well full dawn of dark when the tide swells (forget sea) when the tide swells in soil unseen root stem leaf when the moon is in its […]

Posted: April 17 2013