The Wind

The Wind

July 14, 2020

Our parents rode in the enclosed cabin of our classic white Ford truck. They were talking but we couldn’t hear them. They never looked back to see us and we knew there was no room for us up in that sweetly, quiet cab.

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To Remember A Stranger

To Remember A Stranger

July 13, 2020

The more people I have met, the closer I have been to suffering. Many times, this makes me want to not meet more people, and, in fact, un-meet people, like a girl in a video I resent having seen or a boy in a gas station at which I didn’t have to stop.

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Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing

Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing

July 10, 2020

...if you saw me by the side of the road, perhaps taking a photo with my phone of some wild grapes, you wouldn’t think I’m writing, but I am—more non-writing writing.

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For the good of those who love him

For the good of those who love him

July 09, 2020

Saul’s father sits down next to him, lights Saul’s candle and pats his leg. He’s always more affectionate in church, like he’s forgotten his normal behaviors. Distracted by the possibility of God, he remembers Saul.  

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Woman

Woman

July 08, 2020

Mom turns to sand. She becomes my mother. No edges.

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Should A Catastrophe Occur

Should A Catastrophe Occur

July 07, 2020

"To be honest, half my life I’ve wanted to hide in a cupboard."

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Hazy Skies

Hazy Skies

July 06, 2020

Where I am living now, the seasons have no pivot... Springs are mercurial, senselessly violent in their cold and snow. I experience winter here like a death, wait endlessly for a green that will outgrow my grief.

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On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

June 25, 2020

White supremacy doesn’t just uphold police brutality and mass incarceration, migrant detention and colonial extraction on Native land; it’s death-dealing and ordinary and wants to last forever.

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One More River to Cross

One More River to Cross

June 22, 2020

Daesha Devón Harris's visual art appears in Issue 48: Exposure.

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Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace

Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace

June 18, 2020

If I think too much about the racial inequalities in the publishing industry, it might push me to the point where I stop writing.

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MaDear + Gran

MaDear + Gran"Daddy"

June 14, 2020

Letitia Huckaby's visual art appears in Issue No. 54: The Everyday.

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Isaac

Isaac

June 13, 2020

Raven Leilani's poem appeared in Issue No. 44: Small. 

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Our Hands Are Bowls of Dust

Our Hands Are Bowls of Dust

June 12, 2020

Clemonce Heard's poem, Our Hands Are Bowls of Dust won second place in the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize and is featured in Issue 49: Mattering.

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A Scream

A Scream

June 11, 2020

It seems insidiously cruel that we don’t get to be asymptomatic carriers for the prejudice and hatred that others infect us with.

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When the Good Lord Willed the Creek to Rise

When the Good Lord Willed the Creek to Rise

June 10, 2020

Charnell Peters's poem appears in Issue 42: Forming One Another

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Job (War Survivor's Guilt)

Job (War Survivor's Guilt)

June 09, 2020

Hope Wabuke's poem appears in Issue 34: Keeping things Whole.

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On the Death of a Boy in Brooklyn

On the Death of a Boy in Brooklyn

June 06, 2020

Michael Brown Jr.'s work appears in Issue 43: Opening the Door

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A Quiet Truth

A Quiet Truth

June 05, 2020

In America they kill their children. Someone thinks this of us. It may be true. If we are brave enough to see and accept that it is, what will we do about it?

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On Constructive Anger

On Constructive Anger

June 04, 2020

Being Black and being a woman, I have a complicated relationship with anger. Sometimes I am reluctant to show anger, irritation, or frustration for fear of being labeled an “Angry Black Woman”...Unfortunately, I am frequently angry when existing in most spaces.

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A Moment for Communal Listening

A Moment for Communal Listening

June 04, 2020

In an effort to come to terms with the voices that we have ignored or silenced as a nation, we will be taking a week to listen and honor the Black voices within our creative community. 

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Ruminate's Role in this Moment

Ruminate's Role in this Moment

June 03, 2020

One of our roles as individuals is to dedicate space to listen to those who name this truth with uncompromising honesty—the grief, the pain, the anger, the sorrow. Another is to transform this listening into self-reflection and from reflection into action. To do things that you can do even if they seem too small to make a difference.

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Foreclosure Quilts

Foreclosure Quilts

June 03, 2020

Kathryn Clark's visual art appears in Issue No. 55: Under Pressure.  

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America

America

May 30, 2020

Amy Gong Liu's poem "America" appears in Issue No.55: Under Pressure.

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Out of the Wildflowers

Out of the Wildflowers

May 28, 2020

And the wildflowers. The wildflowers pushing against all odds, against this endlessly small room, this seed encasing the pivotal word: might. They come. They are mighty.

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A List of Songbirds

A List of Songbirds

May 23, 2020

Melanie S. Smith's essay "A List of Songbirds" appears in Issue No. 55: Under Pressure

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Woman

Woman

May 21, 2020

I told her she was the perfect mom. This was when she tried to pull the tubes from her arms the gloves from her hands. One of the nurses said, “Oh, she’s a fighter.” 

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Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret

Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret

May 14, 2020

No one remembers her mother right or observes the rites to keep her whole. The woman becomes fragments, patches for quilts, and the daughter loses the needle, what North should have drawn from her hand and pinned where she could always find it.

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Issue 55: Under Pressure Readers' Notes

Issue 55: Under Pressure Readers' Notes

May 13, 2020

We are thrilled to share some hand-picked readers' notes from Issue 55: Under Pressure. Be sure to check out our Summer Issue which releases mid June.

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This is the Day

This is the Day

May 07, 2020

All we’ve ever had is this day with its daylily moments—bright, crisp, delectable. Shriveled by the next morning. As my hair grays and my bones grow fragile, life feels more and more like those time-lapse nature films we watched in grade school. As the pandemic arrived, someone sped up the projector. Sunrise, sunset. Moments quick as a hummingbird’s heart.

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Postpartum Balding in the Time of the Pandemic

Postpartum Balding in the Time of the Pandemic

May 05, 2020

Every day I read about the spread of corona, concentric circles that keep edging closer and closer to my world. And the economic ruin it's triggered. Climate change. The election. Meanwhile, a bald patch forms at my temple. I cut my hair into a bob and wear it down every day to cover it. 

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Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Katie Manning

Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Katie Manning

May 01, 2020

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Social Distance, Then and Now

Social Distance, Then and Now

April 30, 2020

In those months, months of northern winter when my husband took the car to work and I existed alone with a baby in the American suburbs, the sheer brutality of our way of life rained down on me and showed me that I had not, before, understood.

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The Day You Were Dying

The Day You Were Dying

April 28, 2020

I ate lunch looking out at the struggling town and remembered the day your son and I showed up unannounced on your doorstep and shared our news, and how you invited the nearest relatives to celebrate our engagement with burritos and Pepsi in your formal dining room, our paper-wrapped meal eaten over a crocheted lace tablecloth.

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Feathered Hope

Feathered Hope

April 23, 2020

Are bird songs only a matter of mating propositions and territorial disputes? Or might the Carolina wren tell bawdy jokes? Does the tufted titmouse have political aspirations? Is the mourning dove actually a comedian?

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Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Leslie Pearson

Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Leslie Pearson

April 22, 2020

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