Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Charles W. Brice: Walking Townsend Road, Petoskey, Michigan

  One day it’s the red-twigged dogwoods ringed by rag weed yellows and chicory blues that clarify mind and confirm insignificance.   Another day it’s the garter snake whose crushed … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: We are now in a Brexit World

Here’s an unavoidable fact: we are now in a Brexit world. We are seeing the first signs of a major fragmentation of this planet that, until recently, the cognoscenti were … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Interactive Research Tool: Has your doctor received drug company money?

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are now required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 3 Comments

Video: American Medical Association’s Complicity with the Corporations that Poison Us

. If the balance of scientific evidence favors plant-based eating, why isn’t the medical profession at the forefront of encouraging people to eat healthier?  Looking back to the 1950s, we … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

C. Day Lewis: Where Are The War Poets?

They who in folly or mere greed Enslaved religion, markets, laws, Borrow our language now and bid Us to speak up in freedom’s cause. It is the logic of our … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Editing

–for Denis Lane   This other Nam vet comes to see me and wants me to see his manuscript.   He brings this nosh, some bagels, so I say OK, let’s … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: On the Grammar of the Days and These Evenings of a Million Words

These warm sunny afternoons I remember how my father would sit on the front porch for minutes, maybe hours, saying it was a good day to have a sunbath. It … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Brennan Center for Justice: Dark Money Surges in Local Elections

Summary of a Report by Chisun Lee, Katherine Valde, Benjamin T. Brickner, Douglas Keith June 26, 2016 Dark money spending — together with a new phenomenon we’ve identified as “gray … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Momentum

. This short film by Boris Seewald has won a number of awards for its innovative use of narration, dance, music, and cinematography. Here’s the synopsis: For some it is … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Audio: Gershwin played by Gershwin — remastered 1924 first recording of “Rhapsody in Blue”

George Gershwin’s first recording as a performer, “Rhapsody in Blue” with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Restored and remastered. . Rhapsody in Blue, originally composed for solo piano and jazz band, … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: The Ocean

This short animated video, commissioned by Greenpeace NL, illustrates the human impact on marine life. The animation is by Studio Smack and the voice-over is by Paul Strikwerda. .

June 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Audio: ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ performed by Leon Redbone

. Leon Redbone is the stage name of Dickran Gobalian (born in 1949), a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist specializing in interpretations of early 20th-century music, including jazz and blues standards … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Adrienne Rich: On Poetry, Freedom and Silence

We have become a pyramidic society of the omnivorously acquisitive few, an insecure, dwindling middle class, and a multiplying number of ill-served, throwaway citizens and workers [resulting in] a kind … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “Give” — Kate Tempest

In this rough-cut video, Kate Tempest performs “Give” at Sofar New York on April 9th, 2012.

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment