• Poetry

    By Cynthia Cruz

    In Belgrade in my hotel room
    I return to the self portraits
    from the earlier work: ...

  • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN

    By Lucy E. Salyer

      On October 30, 1867, John Warren, a grocer and newspaper man from Charlestown, Massachusetts, entered the dock at Green Street Courthouse in Dublin, Ireland, to stand trial for treason. The Irish attorney general rose to accuse Warren of leading a wicked international conspiracy to overthrow Queen Victoria’s rule in Ireland.
      Warren, described by journalists as “squat” and ...

  • Essay

    Why Americans Need to Believe in Bigfoot

    The ‘Monster Roaming the Countryside’ Helped Lure Us Back Into Nature

    By David Daegling

      Why are Americans so devoted to Bigfoot?
      You can find Bigfoot everywhere. Its image adorns coffee cups, T-shirts, bumper stickers, bottle openers, and other sundries. Bigfoot is the Canadian-American version of the abominable snowman that has been in the public imagination for over 60 years. It is a curious celebrity in that the kind of phenomenon that it represents ...

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Essay

What Nineteenth-Century Europeans Can Teach America About Peacekeeping Occupations

Rather Than Rendering a Defeated Post-Napoleonic France Dependent, Victorious Allies Sought to Create Lasting Stability

  How do you win the peace?
  The recent American military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq highlight the risks of “winning the war, but losing the peace,” to borrow the subtitle of Ali A. Alawi’s book on Iraq. Failed occupations have tremendous costs in money and lives, while exacerbating political instability in occupied nations.
  Those seeking to do occupation right often look to the post-World War II occupations of Germany and Japan. But the challenge of making peace after war was most successfully addressed by ...

Prizes

Erica Goss Wins Zócalo’s Eighth Annual Poetry Prize

Driving Through The State of Jefferson, a Land of 'Few People and a Few Million Cows'

  Every Friday at Zócalo Public Square we publish a new poem. Our daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition and the world we’ve made. The Friday poem continues that spirit, and for the last eight years, we’ve awarded a prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place.
  This year, 398 poets submitted a total of 986 poems, transporting us to places both natural—“mist, some trees, two deer”—and unnatural: a freeway interchange with a chopper hovering overhead. Coming from all over the country—Texas, South Carolina, and beyond ...

Connecting California Joe Mathews

Poetry