“The City is Different” By Maureen Mancini Amaturo

         Waiting for the city to be alive again. Staring at the clock, sitting at the window, watching only empty things take the place of the crowds. A taxi, is that a taxi? No passengers, though. Oh, another car, but just one. No line at Starbucks, no seats on the train to fight for, no MetroCard …

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“What Went Wrong in America” By Dan Cardoza

         As I cross Alameda and head toward Main, in the near distance, I see an unkempt man on his back, passed out on the sidewalk. He’s pissed his pants. Legs tucked up, his knees pointing to Venus, an hour before she’ll appear.          Next to him, in an upside-down cage of a shopping cart meows an …

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“These Things” By Alexis Draut

These things I tell you,you will never regret: Love the speed of that cloud in frontof the moon and you will never take forgranted the color of a clear day.Talk kindly to not only animals but alsoto flowers and weeds.Learn to compost.Understand how everything effectseverything. Be humble enoughto pick up the shit of your ownfriendly …

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“Empire of Mud” By James Roderick Burns

I, GIMPY, EMPEROR of the Mudflats, declare that henceforth this place—formerly known as the General Register Office, Edinburgh, and within the avian community, as home to the crazy bird lady and her seeds—belongs entirely to me! I hereby extend my empire up from the Forth and all its cowering estuary creatures, along the spine of …

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“What Lies Beneath–The Re-Education of a Young Environmentalist” By Ruby McConnell

By the time I was seventeen years old I could easily be described as an environmentalist; more than that really, a full-fledged idealist, a true tree-hugging dirt-worshipper. I believed in a better world, the preservation of natural resources, biodiversity, sustainability, and the possibility of a healthy planet. I believed that grassroots organization, social change, thoughtful …

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“Her Negotiations Stand” By James Grabill

Her lit candles in the dark blow past negotiating room windows. She quickens in response to methane fizzing into Arctic waters. Her din’s driven by shattered glass estates in original stillness. She burned chopped wood in a hearth to survive the old world, and now her devices draw power out of waves of light in …

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“Solitary Confinement” By Vincent Oppedisano

Today is the one hundred and thirty-third day of my voluntary imprisonment; this is the day that I will kill myself. I have made all the preparations, like a Japanese warrior who has been shamed and will shed his blood to save face; the instruments of my destruction are laid out, gleaming in the artificial …

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“When the Bubble Meets the Needle: Trump and the Age of Epistemic Closure” By Carter Vance

Like most others in my social circle, I took the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump as a kind of elaborate joke, a vaudeville act seemingly designed to demonstrate everything that makes us Canadians feel smug about our neighbours to the South. Even moreso, it was the kind of candidacy that seemed to confirm every single …

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