This was a different poem once

By Saronik Bosu   This was a different poem once It was longer, for one.   And then it lost its first stanza on 2nd Ave, somewhere near that thrift shop with the gold coat that no one buys.   The verbs were a bother And in this grid city where land is perpendicular to…

Access to NYC Building Emissions Data

by Ian Kennedy Remember way back two weeks ago when the United States (my homeland) disgraced itself by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement? I’m lucky that my beloved home city of New York and my state (also New York) decided that they’d live up to our Paris obligations even without the federal government….

James River: Low Tide

Matt reaches back in time and pulls the pre human past into the verdant Virginia present.

Emma Cline’s “The Girls”: Seeing Evie

By Angelina Eimannsberger Emma Cline’s 2016 debut The Girls is set in 1960s California. The novel tells the story of 14 year old Evie drifting in and out of a cult, of her fascination for the girls in it, especially Suzanne, and Evie’s shock at the violence its members commit. A confused, lonely teenager with divorced and clueless parents, Evie’s sexuality is…

Put a Price on Carbon

There is a policy proposal being discussed by citizens around the country who are taking the idea to their representatives for bipartisan legislation. It’s a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend

Why We Like ‘cat pile’

by Patricia Taylor First of all, none of us had ever heard of “cat pile.”  Then, our son Ian went out to Seattle to visit U-Dub (University of Washington) to check out the Sociology PhD program (where he is going next Fall) and the guy he stayed with had it.  So, they played. “Cat pile”…

Literature as Nurture in “The Namesake”

By Angelina Eimannsberger Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel, The Namesake, might seem like an American immigrant story like we’ve seen before: Bengali parents arrive in Massachusetts, raise their Indian American children there, and all of them struggle with loneliness, belonging, and freedom, if in their own ways. The Namesake, though, is a beautiful and observant novel. It is set apart from other storytelling about…

Ross Gay: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

by Ian Kennedy Continuing with our Poetry Thursdays, over the next few weeks we’ll feature a collection of essays about contemporary and new poetry with a natural theme. As with many Indulgence features, these posts attempt to bring these works into conversation with the social issues that matter today. I’m interested in nature poetry because…

Are you white like me?

by Ian Kennedy If if are white like me, you know that part of what elected 45 was racism and xenophobia. You like and follow all the right things on facebook, instagram, and twitter. You get the memes. You write and call your representatives. You’ve read The Autobiography of Malcom X, The New Jim Crow…

“Hear the birds” & other haikus

By Benjamin Philips   Hear the birds in the canopy, singing their songs of what is below.   Under the murky depths, I see the figures of the catfish kingdom.   Oh wind! I wonder Did you feel me as well when you breezed past just now?