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In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.
Every year, stories emerge that serve as a reminder that the American system of justice means injustice for too many, with some receiving little or no punishment for egregious offenses, while others receive harsh or faulty punishment for much less. Here are some of the worst injustices of 2013:
We have become a world of skeptics, dismissing the stories of our fellow human beings with dogmatic precision. We can do better.
Injustices, large and small, abound in prison. California prison inmate Spoon Jackson, a teacher and poet, is wrongly identified as a gang member and placed on lockdown.
This Venice High School senior provokes with his response to the question, what do you want from your life?
While in lockdown, poet and prisoner Spoon Jackson flies in his mind’s eye, witness to freedom and injustice.
Jeff Swain defines ‘unconquered,’ with some help from his friends: William Ernest ‘Captain of My Soul’ Henley and Tom Petty.
We can’t choose our fathers, but we can find our own role models, says Donald D’Haene, who found inspiration in the real and scripted lives of Sidney Poitier.
As the world argues over what to do about Flight MH17 and fighting in east Ukraine grows ever more intense, there is little sign that either side can act to defuse the crisis.
Three steps to being brave.
It’s clear that young people are getting caught in the crossfire of the latest round of fighting between Israel and Palestine and the conflict is taking a huge toll on them. And the effects of the war are not just physical.
The impromptu silverware drum solo. All it needs is a round of applause.
In just two weeks Marilyn Weingard’s son Steven is leaving to help a nation at war. Here’s how she made peace with his decision.
Never doubt the power of a teenage guy who loves to do good for the world. Kevin Stonewall may just put an end to colon cancer.
Great sex is not about size, stamina, or technique
Dewaine Farria struggles with how to raise a secular child in a world that bombards them with religious messages.
Looking for a way to keep the kids active and away from the TV screen this summer? Tom Sturges has a few tips for parents.
How Nate Bagley discovered that love is not a weakness.
“When men are unaware of their gender privilege, boundary violations occur,” writes psychologist Sandy Peace.
Jordan Gray says that in order to truly love, it must be unconditional.
Charles Orlando calls out the folks who say that some guys are just born cheaters who can’t help themselves.
Thomas Fiffer shares a single, simple pitfall that happy people avoid.
Bob Marrow could not talk about his son’s death for 25 years.