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Share This Poem: "His Word in Rural Illinois," by Ellen Stone.

Share This Poem: “His Word in Rural Illinois,” by Ellen Stone.

“… woman’s body like a metal safe —  these flatlands …” Our “Small Things, Partial Cures” theme continues with a remarkable poem by Ellen Stone. You can download and print a full-size broadside by clicking on the first version below — or scroll down to read in plain format. His Word in Rural Illinois By Ellen Stone   Red-winged blackbirds...
Share This Poem: "Yankee Doodle Fantasy," by Richard Peabody.

Share This Poem: “Yankee Doodle Fantasy,” by Richard Peabody.

“Start with the head. The way a cat consumes a squirrel …” National Poetry, National Airport …  We bid the month farewell with an iconoclastic glance at Reagan National Airport, courtesy of Richard Peabody. You can print out the broadside below, or scroll down and read the text in plain format. “Yankee Doodle Fantasy” was...
From Our Pages: “The Jersey in Me,” by Alan Cheuse.

From Our Pages: “The Jersey in Me,” by Alan Cheuse.

A bridge closes and a writer’s gorge rises. “I’ve learned from painful experience that the heat of Jersey anger never goes out, not when stoked by some unkind word or gesture from stranger or supposed friend. Or a traffic incident.” The bridge in question, which is the nation’s busiest. Read about the closing in the New...
2017 in Review: “Unite with Love, Resist with Love,” and the evolution of a politically motivated painting. By Jonathan Machen.

2017 in Review: “Unite with Love, Resist with Love,” and the evolution of a politically motivated painting. By Jonathan Machen.

“Unite with Love, Resist with Love is this man’s message to the political and religious conservatives of our time who deny women’s rights. It asserts that science is real and that all humans matter — all bodies matter, however they choose to live.”   Editors’ Note: Unite with Love, Resist with Love is a love letter full of pain,...
From Our Pages: "Holy War: Ramadan and race riots in Senegal," by Patricia Smith.

From Our Pages: “Holy War: Ramadan and race riots in Senegal,” by Patricia Smith.

BROAD STREET presents this essay (recipient of a Special Mention from the Pushcart editors) from our “Hunt, Gather” issue (fall/winter 2014) … Here’s what happened during one holy season when Patricia Smith, a Fulbright scholar in Senegal, found a sudden war erupting in the small village where she’d been teaching high schoolers and immersing herself in the...