Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Chris Hedges: Why I Support BDS

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Scattering my Mother’s Ashes on the Family Plot at Hickman Kentucky

. Down into the black, flesh curdled dirt. Down into the family charnel, marinade in whiskey, with the murderers and soul murderers against whom you honed your tongue. Down there … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: A Few of my Favorite Jailbirds

But I’m Starting a New Life: A Words without Walls Anthology, Anthony Ciotoli (ed.) Chatham University, Pittsburgh, 2015 Many important writers and poets have spent time in jail or prison, … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

Vanessa German: Be good to your wild places my loves

i was the dirty one. the least cute thing between my three ravishing straight-toothed sisters. and i was round and brown and the nappiest. cuz. i wasn’t born with the … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: World’s Oceans Could Rise Higher, Sooner, Faster Than Most Thought Possible

If a new scientific paper is proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent catastrophic melting … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Plankton eating plastic caught on camera for the first time

The footage, captured under a microscope at the UK-based Plymouth Marine Laboratory, shows plankton consuming—and accumulating—fluorescent polystyrene beads measuring 7 to 30 micrometers in diameter. “We were looking inside just … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Phoebe A. Cirio: Ideological Differences — The Bread and Circuses of the Current Era

My husband had surgery last week. As the dutiful wife, I accompanied him to the hospital with much reading material to occupy myself as I waited during his procedure.   Hospital … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Leonard Gontarek: Kissing

1 Revisionist spring. It is cold and authorities lie within days. . Do we need to talk of death, remind them of it, create little machines of death to float … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

W. J. Astore: The United States of Militarism

A century ago, the USA was a dynamic, forward-looking, freedom-espousing country that was focused on science and technology and its practical applications, as represented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Spaced Cowboy

. In dreams I am holding a fistful of sand, letting the grains fall from my hand, my fist getting smaller as the pile of sand at my feet grows … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Wes Anderson Centered

In this short elegant montage, the filmmaker Kogonada demonstrates how the technique of “centering” a shot is, well, central to the technique of Wes Anderson.

July 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Tilda Swinton reads Rumi’s poem “Like This”

Tilda Swinton reads Rumi’s poem “Like This” translated by Coleman Barks. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, and more popularly as Rūmī (1207 – 1273), … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 11 Comments

Video: “Rare” by Ace Zed

Parisian writer Ace Zed composes his novel page after page through a series of paintings, photos, and videos: a strange but compelling montage. .

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Masters of Photography – Gertrude Käsebier

This video is a summary of the life and career of the American photographer Gertrude Käsebier (1852 – 1934) known for her beautifully composed portraits of women, children, and family life at the turn … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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