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Angkarn Kalayanapong (1926-2012)

Renowned Thai poet Angkarn Kalayanapong passed away today in Bangkok at the age of 86. Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat in 1926, Angkarn challenged traditional Thai poetic conventions in his groundbreaking poems. While initially criticized by the cultural and literary establishment, he was finally recognized as a leading voice in contemporary Thai poetics, and was honored […]

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A poem for thought: Anastasia and Sandman, by Larry Levis

Anastasia and Sandman   The brow of a horse in that moment when The horse is drinking water so deeply from a trough It seems to inhale the water, is holy. I refuse to explain. When the horse had gone the water in the trough, All through the empty summer, Went on reflecting clouds & […]

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A poem for thought: “Beautiful Ohio” by James Wright

Beautiful Ohio Those old Winnebago men Knew what they were singing. All summer long and all alone, I had found a way To sit on a railroad tie Above the sewer main. It spilled a shining waterfall out of a pipe Somebody had gouged through the slanted earth. Sixteen thousand and five hundred more or […]

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Discovered: the “God Particle”

You’ve likely caught wind of the exciting announcement that two teams of scientists believe they have discovered the long-theorized Higgs Boson, or “God Particle.” If the research withstands scrutiny, and is upheld in future research, the discovery lends credence to the half-century old Standard Model in Physics. For a good summary of what this all […]

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“On Doomsday, I will say aloud,/I came from the world with my heart full of hope”

A beautiful, sobering article by journalist/poet Eliza Griswold about “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry.”  Griswold visits with members of a secret group of Afghan women who risk the punishment of their fathers, brothers, and husbands to write poems exploring their hopes and desires. When discovered, women have been beaten, and sometimes killed, for writing their […]

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