Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Flowers of Grief

anthology: via French or medieval Latin from Greek anthologia, from anthos ‘flower’ + -logia ‘collection’ (from legein ‘gather’). In Greek, the word originally denoted a collection of the “flowers” of … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments


This time last year, I likely stayed up the whole night, sitting in a chair by my mom’s hospital bed, moved into her assisted-living home. She lived in this community … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Just Another Day in SF’s Mission

Morning brought two new (or just-noticed?) lines of lean, mostly white men. They stand, awkwardly, in a single row. They face outward, toward the street, like some sort of police … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fight for the City: Exploring Our Own Sites of Building

Admittedly, my perspective is skewed. I live smack-dab on a pivotal corner in San Francisco’s “hottest” neighborhood, the Mission. The city itself is tilting toward a “rich-whites only” enclave, serviced … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grief Can Be Subversive

My home and housemates in San Francisco have, at long and inevitable last, been diagnosed with the life-threatening illness striking so many homes and tenants here: the eviction epidemic. This … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Transforming Grief

My mom’s been on my mind all this September 3 day & night, like mist. She was here this time last year, just barely. Eleven months gone. One month more … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Things I Hate about San Francisco’s Gentrification, Take Two a Year Later

One year ago, in August-September 2013, in a perverse experiment in trying to capture capitalism’s rampage on the streets of San Francisco, I created a “Twitter” poem: 140 lines of … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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