What lines might we dare to cross, and what songs might we hear, that can deepen our days? Paul Robeson is known and loved for his powerful voice and screen presence. But less known are the struggles he faced as a civil rights activist during McCarthyism — which branded him a communist and prohibited him from traveling to perform for his fans across the globe. His story sparks a poetic ode from Naomi Shihab Nye, and a bracing question for our time.
Because by now we know everything is not so green elsewhere. The cities tied their nooses around our necks, we let them without even seeing. Not even feeling our breath soften as clumps of shed wool scattered across days. Not even. This even-ing, balance beam of light on green, the widely lifted land, resonance of […]