Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Barbara Edelman: The River

Trucks on either side of us like fists, like cities. Steep green against the highway. Cows and caved-in, slat-gray shanties   Someone hung her voice up on a hook.   … Continue reading

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Video: “Chicago” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

  We honor Tom Hayden, tireless activist, lawmaker, writer, “radical inside the system,” now dead at 76 – both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful … Continue reading

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council: Why We Resist

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by Houston, Texas based corporation called Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. which created the subsidary Dakota Access LLC. The DAPL, also known as the Bakken … Continue reading

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Gary Snyder: For All

Ah to be alive on a mid-September morn fording a stream barefoot, pants rolled up, holding boots, pack on, sunshine, ice in the shallows, northern rockies. Rustle and shimmer of … Continue reading

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Joan E. Bauer: Dynamite Hill

for Angela Davis Nothing made her angrier than silence (and inaction)— made her skin prickle. Even as a child, she’d break up a dogfight on the hot streets of Birmingham. … Continue reading

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Daniel Burston: “It Can’t Happen Here”

Trump, Authoritarianism & American Politics:  “It can’t happen . . . Here. It can’t happen . . . Here.” I was 15 when I heard Frank Zappa and the Mothers … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Beautiful Reactions

. This video is from a website appropriately named Beautiful Chemistry. Professor Yan Liang of the University of Science and Technology of China, along with co-creators Xiangang Tao and Wei … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Natural Playground

Here’s the upside to global warming. . Directed and Performed by Ben Leclair Co-produced by Kevin Calvez Filmed by Blackbird productions & Ian Curry . Ben LeClair . . Email … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Stephen Fry loathes dancing. See his rant performed – in dance

  . ‘Not so much an accomplishment as an affliction…’ Stephen Fry Hates Dancing turns a monologue by the British comedian into a celebration of the very art he despises. … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The Sedition of Mr. Trump

3rd debate score: cool Clinton wins, Wallace wins, Trump stumbles, sniffs & commits sedition. Newscasters and commentators who analyze the candidates’ performance and the public’s reaction immediately after presidential debates … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jeff Oaks: Fathers

Ward Cleaver, Mike Brady, Archie Bunker, Mr. Cunningham: what other models? No one expected our fathers to do much beyond buy things, and I wonder whether fathers were relieved or … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: On Doubt And The Wednesday Messiah

I think Mishima once said that before the golden pagoda burns, a hymn begins with the scratch of a single match. If he didn’t say it, he should have. I’m … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: It’s Not OK

. In this short video produced by Humanity for Hillary, women respond to #TrumpTapes. The video features Meryl Streep, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and other women … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

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