Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Jenne’ Andrews: Intrepid Eye, Majestic World

. How beautiful the eyeball, flecked with the residual color of the terrain—nightfall in the blue canyons, goldenrod selvage of sea cliff. Sun-kissed– the amplitude of the turning earth. It … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: By killing Boston Marathon bomber, we stoop to his level of barbarism and depravity

The jury that sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death had a choice. They could have imprisoned Tsarnaev for life. But these 12 supposedly civilized men and women chose … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: Lucille Clifton reads “Homage to my Hips”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) reads her poem “Homage to my Hips”. A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton’s work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experience … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms

In 2001, Michele Merkel worked as an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency on a case where farmers were suing huge factory farms for polluting the community’s air and water. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Why does the United States have the highest level of super-virulent bacteria contamination in the meat supply?

Super-virulent strains of bacteria which used to appear only in hospitals are now being found in meat. Dr. Michael Greger explores the possible reasons why beef, pork, chicken, and fish … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Family Plot

. History of Poetry this afternoon’s brief history of poetry — I take out the trash a hungry robin I know sings for her dinner raisin — Family Plot sis … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: The Pathology of the Rich White Family in America

The pathology of the rich white family is the most dangerous pathology in America. The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Doc Watson performing ‘Deep River Blues’

A master at both flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar, Doc Watson (1923-2012) had a profound influence on American traditional, folk and bluegrass music ever since coming to national attention in the … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Bill de Blasio: How to Revive the American Dream

Government policies matter and can make a difference. Strengthening the American Dream is about the basics: ● Make work pay by increasing the minimum wage, empowering unions to bargain collectively, … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: My Filipino-American Breakfast

My Filipino-American breakfast of the 60s was the local Briggs brand pork sausage patties, sunny-side up eggs, and rice, with the runny yolks broken over the rice, and the rice … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Akira Kurosawa’s 80-minute Master Class on making beautiful movies

Often called “the greatest filmmaker who ever lived,” Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) is the auteur behind such masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Ran. This 2000 documentary about the life and … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: What is Neorealism in Film? (a five minute answer)

In this fascinating experiment, a film by Vittorio de Sica and a contemporary recut by David O. Selznick are examined side-by-side in order to understand the difference between Sica’s neorealistic … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: “Wolf Hall” and the Grandeur of Anonymity

. Silence plays a greater role in poetry and music than sound, its grandeur being its anonymity. Let me introduce living proof. He is the prince of silence and his … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 2 Comments