Delacroix, goats, and enlightenment

Photo by @petekmuller/@prime_collective for @natgeo. A group of porters gather around a #fire in the #moorland region of Mount #Kenya. Many of the porters pictured here hail from the small, nearby village of #Naromuru. The men of Naromuru have worked as guides and porters on Mount Kenya for generations. With employment opportunities limited in the…

Self, not-self

It’s simpler than it looks. Always. This poem found me, today. IN EVERY LIFE By Alicia Ostriker In every life there’s a moment or two when the self disappears, the cruel wound takes over, and then again at times we are filled with sky or with birds or simply with the sugary tea on the…

Diameter: a poem

DIAMETER By Michelle Y. Burke You love your friend, so you fly across the country to see her. Your friend is grieving. When you look at her, you see that something’s missing. You look again. She seems all there: reading glasses, sarcasm, leather pumps. What did you expect? Ruins? Demeter without arms in the British…

Tuna Run Tuna Done

Truth: a 200-mile relay is a fun weekend with some (a lot of) running in it. It’s not a running weekend with some fun in it. It’s an adventure, not a race. It can feel like a test but is really more of a lesson – a lesson spiced with laughter and exhaustion. Often, it’s a few lessons:…