Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Daniel Burston: The Confabulator in Chief

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Hannah Arendt: On the use of lies as a political strategy

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Chris Hedges: American Psychosis

Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Koch Agenda

Donald Trump is giving us a government of the Kochs, by the Kochs and for the Kochs. Funny how everything seems to always work out well for some people. Take … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kayla Sargeson: In this place

At 7:30 am the sun’s already hot on my bare back. East Carson’s nearly empty. I want to say “my East Carson,” but I’ve learned not to claim what’s not … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump’s Demolition Derby

We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: “Snow”– Geoffrey Jones’ 1963 classic short film about men and the weather

. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1965, this short documentary directed by Geoffrey Jones uses percussive, locomotive-inspired music to portray how British Railways workers coped with the ‘Big Freeze’ … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: “Packard — The Last Shift” featuring Philip Levine

. The Packard Motor Car Company and its 5-million square foot plant became a symbol of the American Dream in the heart of the Motor City. Packard left town in … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip Terman: The Day After The Inauguration, I Read Some Japanese Poetry

I turn away from the news To the open book of Musō Soseki Where he writes that inside his heart He keeps three thousand prancing horses. The heater comes on … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 6 Comments

Video: The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

. This video is a message by news satire show Zondag met Lubach to officially introduce Holland to Trump “in a way that will probably appeal to him the most”. … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Why we are suing Donald Trump over emoluments

Washington, DC—Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Hoppenthaler: Immigrant Song

“Das ist kein Amerika,” my mother told me Uncle Eddie would say after just a few weeks   in Jersey, “Das ist Fehlerika!” Ein Fehler—mistake— land of mistake. Bad decision. … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Why don’t more legal immigrants become U.S. citizens?

  . There are an estimated 4.6 million Latino lawful permanent residents in the U.S. What are their fears and the hurdles they face to become U.S. citizens? Email subscribers … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: John Lee Hooker — “Boom Boom”

. . John Lee Hooker (1912 – 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment