Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Arlene Weiner: Seconds and Irregulars

instruct me in perfection. How many ways things go awry. Take for example these simple sheets. One color’s misprinted, the sky-blue, the pattern everywhere askew. Or stripes mismatched, embellished hem … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

Lauren McCauley: Turning Point in Climate Fight as AGs Unite to Target Exxon Crimes

In a move many are hailing as a “turning point” in the climate fight, 20 state Attorneys General on Tuesday launched an unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Speaking of Bread

Here are 20 great quotations about bread. 1. “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson 2. “How can a nation be great if its bread … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: German Wheat and Rye Bread with Flaxseed

Leavened breads (yeast or sourdough) are one of the staples of traditional cooking, and often there is no need to make them vegan: they already are! They do not need … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: We All Are Islamic State

Revenge is the psychological engine of war. Victims are the blood currency. Their corpses are used to sanctify acts of indiscriminant murder. Those defined as the enemy and targeted for … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 3 Comments

Mike James: Memory Is A Train

that makes frequent stops for new passengers and for water to cool the engine and, of course, to hand off valuables to thieves on horseback who happen along with masks, … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tanya Golash-Boza: Day of the Demagogue

Trumpian Deportation Fantasies and American Realities In 2006, when I first began researching deportations, George W. Bush was president and quietly building a deportation machine in the Department of Homeland … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alice Friman: At the Gates

Paris in June and we are in love. Delacroix, wine, late nights at the Louvre. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. And each and every morning Camembert and apricot confiture on a hunk … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

W. J. Astore: “Members of the jury, you have just found Jesus Christ guilty”

Remembering the Catonsville Nine In May 1968, nine Catholic activists set fire to draft records in Catonsville, Maryland, in a deliberate act of sabotage and protest against the Vietnam War. … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Story of Easter

Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus’ body.  Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf

This is the only known filmed version of “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf. It was shot in England in 1964 during the American Folk Blues Festival and features the legendary … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Audio: Rachmaninoff Performs Piano Concerto 3

. The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, composed in 1909 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: You’re not planning to vote?

Voters who hate Donald Trump have had the power to stop him, but most have chosen to stay home. The real question about this year’s electorate is how large a … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: A Brief Note on the Effect of Pig’s Blood on the Migration of Souls

At a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, in February, 2016, fascist/racist presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated the apocryphal story that in the Philippines, more than a century ago, Gen. … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment