Stanley Plumly

Stanley Plumly’s most recent collection is Orphan Hours (2012). He teaches at the University of Maryland.

  • Nineteen Species of Sandpipers

    — THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRDS And if you count the sanderling, exactly the number. I saw on the beach at Duck, seven at the water,…

  • Verisimilitude

    Very similar, very simile— a smile, a gesture, a mark on the air. to wave hello, goodbye, to throw a kiss. across the rainbow distances. “The…

  • Cardinal

    Already, before dawn, the calendar cold moon still clear, sparkle of ice here and there, and almost out of hearing, he is singing, which is…

  • Meander

    Yes, a river is a tree, a tree a river, built by source.        and branchings,like the river in Byzantium called Maeander, with…

  • Silent Heart Attack

    When silence is another kind of violence. Like all the breath you've ever breathed. suddenly swallowed. But since it happened. over days, each…

  • Mercy

    A murder of crows, what I saw on a spindle of dead white oak, two or three of them, at different times, hectoring the head of the sick…

  • John 6:17

    - The disciples out at sea again. So many complications in the mission. Five loaves and two small fishes. to feed the sick Tiberian five…

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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