Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Paul Christensen: Prophecy and Poetry

In 1800, it was possible to imagine what might be turning Europe into a new direction, away from the lingering powers of medieval institutions like the monarchy, the Catholic Church, … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

Leonard Gontarek: City

1 Another shot in this city, another shot in this beautiful city. His foot outside the chalk outline. A policeman nudges it, with his foot, gently back in. 2 The … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gary Margolis: It Pleases Me

interview with Georgia O’Keeffe at 90, 1977 to paint the bones inside the sky to bring them home to light my brush here on Lake George the desert inside my … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Terra Incognita (from a journal)

“Terra Incognita” is the phrase old mapmakers used to suggest the world outside the borders of the known world. They would mark these areas with dragons and other monsters. That … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

30 Great Quotations from Rebecca Solnit on Walking

“[In Pride and Prejudice] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

May Wong: Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: My Teacher

I drove to Hamilton, N.Y., last December to take part in the funeral service for the Rev. Coleman Brown. Coleman, who had taught at Colgate University, had the most profound … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: When thug Vanessa comes out

i am tender and mostly only a tuff thing when you have gone offa yo self and put fists to me or gone subversive and cruel the way toddlers do … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nadia Prupis: Montana Oil Train Derailment Renews Call for Ban on Crude-By-Rail

Communities in northern Montana on Friday continued to grapple with the aftermath of an oil train derailment, which saw 21 of 106 train cars split off the track Thursday night, … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: The Beauty of Revolution Is in the Blood That Flows from Heart to Brain to Finger

When my toddler son sprinkles salt on the kitchen floor then attempts to lick it up I immediately understand the experiment and the risk he knows he’s taking and the … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Sebastião Salgado — The silent drama of photography

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado took up photography in his 30s, and the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “Planetary Bands, Warming World,” a composition for string quartet demonstrating global climate change

Daniel Crawford, an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, has produced in collaboration with geography professor Scott St. George, a composition for string quartet using a method called “data sonification,” … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Thinking Like an Elephant

New insights from the deep past should transform the way we work with forests. Why is it possible to have a hedge? In other words, why did trees evolve to … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Frans de Waal — Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment