Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Jose Padua: And This is Where We Lived When We Lived in the City

He used to panhandle on Dupont Circle in the early 80s. That was where I’d get off from the subway at the end of the day when I worked at … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: A Parable about Publishing

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He yelled: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson — A Brief History of Everything

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a brief but fascinating explanation of the origin and history of the universe.

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Head Over Heels

It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy Reckart that went … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jeff Biggers: Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis

Hundreds more died off the coast of Libya this week, on the heels of 71 deaths of migrants trapped in the back of a truck near Vienna, Austria. At the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Masters of Photography — Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham was born on April 12, 1883, in Portland, Oregon. She began taking photographs in 1901, when she enrolled in a correspondence course in photography while she was a … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Against Strunk and White

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White is a grammatical manifesto that has dominated American literature almost from the day of its Jazz Age publication in … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: On Risk and Compassion

Constant irony, constant obliquity, perpetual hipness, constant skipping the stone over deep water, afraid to speak, afraid to stand up for something, afraid to expose the heart, afraid to mean, … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Ahmad Jamal Trio — “Darn That Dream” 1959

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1930, Ahmad Jamal was a child prodigy and began playing piano at age 3, discovered by his uncle. By the time he was … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Being Awake

We are talking about being whole artists. about being awake and having seeing eyes and feeling eyes. we are talking about not having to know everything. focusing on both the … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Smart Chickens, Playful Pigs, Social Cows, Feeling Fish

Smart Chickens Like all birds, chickens are smart animals with complex and meaningful social relationships. In fact, their intelligence is so advanced that a recent study by the University of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Philip Terman: The Frackin’ Poem

Scarlet tanagers, thrushes, warblers, hawks, spotted salamanders, skunk and possum, all the invisible insects— . the native shrubs, the wild flowers, all the trees cut down, the altered light patterns, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: 10 Banned Foods Not Banned In America

Many U.S. food products rely on colorings, flavorings and preservatives to “please consumers,” according to Top Media, which put together this video. “Admittedly, some additives are harmless, but others contain … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Malcolm X at Oxford (1964)

In the closing remarks of Malcolm X’s speech at Oxford in 1964, we hear his trademark claim that liberty should be attained by “whatever means necessary,” including force, if the government … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment