Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Vanessa German: Just in Case

i would hide you. if you needed it. i would. i would come for you. with whatever everything that i had and have. i’d cut the fruit for you. i’d … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: On Catholic Anti-Semitism

Perhaps the greatest challenge for anyone religious is to consider The Answer, but hold off on The Rule. Not long ago, I wrote an essay about growing up Catholic. It … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Paul Street: “Progressive” Obama — He’s Melting, He’s Melting

Priceless Beneath progressive pretentions, Barack Obama the national political phenomenon has never been anything other than a tool of the United States’ corporate and financial ruling class. Obama rose to … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: The Wayward Path to all the Mystic Revelations and Revolutions of the Soul

Walking down New Street in Staunton, Heather, Maggie, Julien, and I are in a line, and lurching toward us are three big guys in big coats, big baggy pants, snapback … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Music as Medicine

Dr. Michael Greger explains how music works better than anti-anxiety drugs, Mozart can reduce allergic reactions, and listening to your favorite tunes can significantly affect your testosterone levels. . — … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Interview with Pema Chodron

Bill Moyers interviews the legendary Buddhist teacher and author Pema Chodron. Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jen Marlowe: Expelled for Life

A Palestinian Family’s Struggle to Stay on Their Land Nasser Nawaj’ah held Laith’s hand as, beside me, they walked down the dirt and pebble path of Old Susya. Nasser is … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Mass Execution of Aboriginal Children of the Mohawk Residential School, Brantford, Ontario, 1943

. when you were five when you were kidnapped from your family and imprisoned in Kamloops when I was two when the Nazis when Babi Yar when I was five … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

George Yancy and Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights, and Human Rights

George Yancy: You have popularized the concept of speciesism, which, I believe was first used by the animal activist Richard Ryder. Briefly, define that term and how do you see … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Lucille Clifton reads “Come Celebrate with Me” and “The Killing of the Trees”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) reads “Come Celebrate with Me” and “The Killing of the Trees.”  These are the first two of 108 videos of Clifton available sequentially on YouTube. .

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: America’s Electoral Farce

I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most likely the … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Irreparable

This is how the heart breaks. Never fast. Always rust. Tears and a metal-like sorrow, eyes drawn back to before, more like a heavy, yawning yoke. . This is how … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 8 Comments

John Detwiler: Cautionary Tales of Hubris

A life-and-death fight isn’t polite. We shouldn’t expect such a battle to be bound by the Marquess of Queensberry rules – or any other code of ‘civilized’ behavior. A few … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fred Maus: New Mexico, Devisadero Loop

. We walked together six hours, uphill from the road to the wooden sign at the trailhead, then up the trail, . straining to breathe thin air, thinking about our … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment