Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Mikey Weinstein: Christianity, the Military, and Congress: Onward Christian Soldiers

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Separation of church and state? Mikey Weinstein.  Courtesy of Alternet. I’ve never thought of myself as much of a performer, but this week I…

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Jump

I’m five, in 1962, jumping over and over from the sofa to the rug in our apartment on the second floor at 19th and S Street, jumping to the orchestral … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Hassidic Tale: On our inability to fit in

A king dearly loved his son and hoped he would some day become king. One day the young prince suddenly took off all his clothes, got down on his hands … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nicholas Gagnier: 10 Things I Need You to Know

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: The Art Of Teaching Poetry

Why is it that so many people say they don’t “get” poetry? As teachers, how can we approach poetry so that it doesn’t seem to our students like a puzzle … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The World Economic Forum: 2014 Report on The Global Gender Gap

Since 2006, The World Economic Forum has released an annual index on the gap between men and women using economic, political, education and health criteria, and provided country rankings that allow … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Poetry

The secret I have no say in keeping is safe with me and everyone else who sees himself in the space between the stars.   How to tell what can’t … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Best New Poets Under Three

A Review Peter Patenaud, who at one, has produced two volumes that hearken to a shadow life before his soul, dipped in Lethe, came clean into this world as the … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Antibiotics — Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh

The FDA’s suggestion that the meat industry voluntarily stop feeding antibiotics by the ton to farm animals to fatten them faster falls short of the changes needed to forestall the … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cherokee Prayer of Thanksgiving

Ga lu lo hi gi ni du da Sky our grandfather Nu da wa gi ni li si Moon our grandmother E lo hi gi ne tse Earth our Mother … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: An Oven Bird (with apologies to Robert Frost)

We’d eaten quite as much as we were able of the brown bird that stood mid-meal, mid-table. We’d carved and passed it. Some had taken seconds, and when we pushed … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: The Natives and the Spaniards

A history lesson: John Green talks about relations between the early European colonists and the native people they encountered in the New World. In short, these relations were poor. As … Continue reading

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Mel Packer: Manifesto on Violence

We are being inundated by media and government condemnation of the “violence” committed in Ferguson in response to the Grand Jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for murdering Michael Brown. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

W.J. Astore: Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
President George H.W. Bush, fist clenched, ready to smack down the Vietnam Syndrome W.J. Astore The Vietnam Syndrome refers to an alleged reluctance on…

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment