Monthly Archives: March 2010

Inactivism and the Movies

INACTIVISM AND THE MOVIES by Billee Sharp I’m under-whelmed by the amount of worthy and righteous local events I’ve missed in the last month.  There was the anti-war demo downtown on March 20, marking seven years of war in Iraq, … Continue reading

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Undocumented and Unafraid

My Name is Mohammad and I am Undocumented “Get in line,” they like to say, without realizing that many of us were at some point in this infamous line. My family immigrated to the United States from Iran when I … Continue reading

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LAMI by Alden Van Buskirk

Read a facsimile of the book here from the University of Utah Department of English collection. Lami by Alden Van Buskirk (San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965)

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DUST by Dorianne Laux Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth. Just a few words, but I recognized it. I knew I should make myself get up, write it down, but it was late, and I was … Continue reading

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The Infinite Current by Juan Ramon Jimenez Translation by Andrew Wessels Should I, the cripple in me, from my hour, cross the threshold between my soul and his endless likeness; the cripple in me, pure, as if, in him, the … Continue reading

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The Democrats’ Health Care Bill

DEFEAT IN VICTORY by Shamus Cooke What looks like a big victory for Obama and the Democrats may be their greatest undoing. It’s true that the passage of Obama’s health care bill represents a significant political victory for the Democrats. … Continue reading

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Carrying a Backpack of Sorrow….Soldiers on the Edge of Suicide

Jack Hirschman, 2006 Poet Laureate of San Francisco, with Iraq War vet, Jon Michael Turner By Nadya Williams More of our young soldiers are now killing themselves than are being killed in our wars in the Middle East. The sad … Continue reading

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MUSSOLINI ON THE BAY BRIDGE by Andreas Economakis Spring, 1992. Friday night.  I sit on the couch, swigging a beer and packing bong hits.  It’s the quickest way I know to unwind.  My brown VW Bug sits directly outside my Yosemite Ave. apartment, … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY by Gabriela Barragan A good friend of mine is a kindergarten teacher. Her stories on the kids are fascinating — their antics, their parents, their obsession with stickers, and most of all, their truth zingers. There’s no honesty … Continue reading

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Mad as Hell

Mad as Hell By John Unger Zussman I wrote this essay in mid-2009 in a writing group where the day’s prompt was “anger.” In it I tried to capture the despair I felt about the state of the union and … Continue reading

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