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With so many crises — countless more — who can truly say we love our neighbors if this suffering is allowed to continue? Sep 30, 2017

By Ryan Diaz

 

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors (photo: Alex Brenner)

 

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When the Voices Come: A Found Poem After Burning Doors Sep 29, 2017

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors (photo: Alex Brenner)

 

three rusted doors are centered on a blank white wall
the doors are closed
the doors are locked
the doors are not on fire

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Burning Doors: No Way Out Sep 29, 2017

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors (photo: Nicolai Khalezin)

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Cubism points to a new dimension in TESSERACT May 19, 2017

Tesseract invites us to move beyond two dimensional shapes into new dimensions and mysteries. Of course, the director, Charles Atlas, is there to assist you with the 'seeing,' with 3-D glasses. The experience is separated into two distinct segments. The movement, however, is continuously mediated, superimposed and purposely broken up by images and patterns.

In the first segment the movie collapses and expands space, with the movement serving as only a reference.

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A MAN IN A CRIMSON SUIT May 19, 2017

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Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

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Free write inspired by The People's Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

in the dark present, one of the 7 calls out to us
and speaks of steps forward and an elegant gown
and as the brightness chases the darkness into the past
we see there is no dress

no pomp or circumstance or ceremony
just the being
just the being
just the being
an echoed reminder that every moment is unfolding
with us at centerstage, there is only right now
just the being
just the being
just the being

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Ambassador Note on The People's Republic of Valerie: Kristen Kosmas May 5, 2017

“…The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?…”

– P.B. Shelley

 

Kristen Kosmas, spoke to me with a candor that I found deeply endearing. She spoke to me of sadness and shock at what she has seen recently. She spoke of human conflicts, announcements of bombings and escalating violence, impending destruction of habitat, the epidemic of banal assertion of power by state actors. Yet, through it all what was striking, was her intuition of hope and possibility. 

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Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: A Review of The Institute of Memory (TIMe) Apr 21, 2017

Psychologists have known for a long time that serious trauma, such as that imprinted through violence and in wartime, can create mental and physical illness that can be passed down genetically through generations. But how this happens is still being understood. Just this week new research was released that shows that certain molecules, altered by traumatic stress and in turn causing depression and other effects, are transferred via sperm.

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