Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

W.J. Astore: Jacinda for President!

Trump, America’s very stable genius, doing what he loves. My wife perceptively notes how the USA is sliding backwards.  Racism has new vigor even as science is rejected, e.g. climate … Continue reading

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Sandy Solomon: Disputation

He argued like a champ, best of breed. You gave him his assumptions, you were dead. Or later claim he’d said something daft and he’d repeat verbatim, first to last, … Continue reading

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Dr. Michael Greger: Aging

A six-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three behaviors exerted enormous impact on mortality: not currently smoking, consuming a healthier diet, and moderately exercising at … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: The Numbers

She’s had a few drinks, looking over my shoulder with her breast against my back. I’m showing her something about her camera and I guess because I’m seventy-four she thinks … Continue reading

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Video: Liberty Hill

. Karen Collins is a grandmother and award-winning quilter with deep Texas roots. She never cared much about politics until the 2016 election. Now her retirement has a new sense … Continue reading

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Video: “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf

This is the only known filmed version of “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf. It was shot in England in 1964 during the American Folk Blues Festival and features the legendary … Continue reading

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Ellen McGrath Smith: Tammi Jo Schults

To be a woman of a certain age the day the hero pilot is a woman! As though, suddenly, a failsafe illusion just evaporates:   There is a type of … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: Challenging Cuomo From Left, Cynthia Nixon Gets Big Applause for Going Huge on Climate

“We must transition from an economy based in toxic carbon emissions toward an economy that protects workers, our communities, and our planet,” said Nixon. “It won’t be easy. But we … Continue reading

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Video: “Buitenkant” (The Outside)

. Winner of the Jury Award at Shnit Worldwide Film Festival 2016. A homeless woman in Cape Town breaks into an apartment, where her experience turns into a complex reflection … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mary Oliver: Nature and the Poet

In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: One Tree, One Year

. A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors. An inspired filmmaking experiment, One Tree, One Year observes a year in the life of … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: One for the Morning and the Uninterrupted Dancing in my Head

This morning I’m looking for my copy of Reinbert de Leeuw’s super slow performances of the compositions of Erik Satie to play while I do the work I get paid … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Still Following the Money

. The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has … Continue reading

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Tom Engelhardt: In Praise of Teachers

At almost 74, of all the people in my life, it may be the teachers I remember most vividly. Mrs. Kelly, my first grade teacher (who began it all); my … Continue reading

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