Archive for December, 2017

otata 25 January 2018

David Read

the head falls
off the snowman
new moon


Donna Fleischer

through tears
a blue and white



I greet the new year 2018 with otata 25, John Martone’s variegated, delightful poetry journal. Thank you, John, for including my poems with those by Paul Miller, Mark Young, Aditya Bahl, Lucia Cardillo, Tom Montag, Sonam Chhoki, and many more. – Donna Fleischer

The Unseen World | George Monbiot

To be aware of the wonder and enchantment of the world, its astonishing creatures and complex interactions, and to be aware simultaneously of the remarkably rapid destruction of almost every living system, is to take on a burden of grief that is almost unbearable. This is what the great conservationist Aldo Leopold meant when he wrote that “one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.”  – The Unseen World | George Monbiot

Happy New Year 2018, Earl | MUTTS – December 31 2017, Sunday Comic Strip


Happy New Year 2018, Earl | MUTTS

The Poet’s Voice: Bhanu Kapil & Fred Moten | Woodberry Poetry Room – introduced by Jackie Wang

Anne Boyer Reads



© Maria Kourkouta


Patch of Bamboo Creates New Legal Thicket for Connecticut City – The New York Times


A thicket of bamboo growing outside a home in New London, Conn., has led to city officials criminally charging the homeowner, Carlos Carrion, under the city’s blight ordinance. CreditJessica Hill for The New York Times
 Life itself is diverse. We need more of both, particularly in cities. Tax payers need town council members and legislative committees to broaden and deepen their knowledge of ecology for less costly, more communal, and user-friendlier living spaces. Reading Jane Jacobs would be an excellent start. Two recent occurrences in the town of Bloomfield, CT are one of many mistakes that ought to have been prevented: a massive new apartment building has literally destroyed an old, lovely neighborhood and Niagra Bottling was allowed in town to bottle water from the Metropolitan District Commission supply underwritten by taxpayers, i.e., privatization.    – word pond