Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Kareem Tayyar: Night, Westwood Boulevard, Waiting for a Friend

The mad girl says the sky is a garden hanging by a silver thread. Everywhere the light you love becomes your death, And no one turns the daffodil of darkness … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Liz Kennedy: Corporate Capture Threatens Democratic Government

America faces a crisis of corporate capture of democratic government, where the economic power of corporations has been translated into political power with disastrous effects for people’s lives. In his … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vincent Spina: Bottle

The immeasurable morning was back again; the greater and lesser catastrophe, leaving its wake of pain, now slept in the kitchen alcove waiting for day to give it a proper … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Helena Norberg-Hodge: Trump Trauma

While we mourn the tragedy that fear, prejudice and ignorance “trumped” in this election, now is the time to go deeper and broader with our work. There is a growing … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jon Else: Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

Whose Streets? (Then and Now) On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Margaret Walker: I Want to Write

I want to write I want to write the songs of my people. I want to hear them singing melodies in the dark. I want to catch the last floating … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 4 Comments

David Ades: Contagion

Insidious it swept up in its camouflage of white noise   one strident proclaiming step at a time its knee-jerk shoot-from-the-hip scatter-gun playing loose with facts   short-attention-span sprays provoking … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sierra Club: New Report Shows Clean Energy Employs Far More Workers than Coal, Oil, & Gas

Clean energy jobs overwhelm fossil fuels in 41 States and D.C. As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt touts a new executive order attacking the Clean Power Plan, new Sierra Club analysis … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Round-up of top stories in the news

Maryland’s state legislature has passed a ban on fracking which, with the blessing of the Republican governor, is expected to be signed into law any day now. This twist shows … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: With Battles Ahead, Resist Forces See No Time for Gloating

“We’re just getting started, folks.” —Indivisible Guide While President Donald Trump on Saturday used a single tweet to tell the American people both “Do not worry!” and “Obamacare will explode,” … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Loretta Collins Klobah: Cardboard Oscars

In his last week of presidency, Barack Obama commutes the sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera (El Viejo), who is released after serving thirty-five years for “seditious conspiracy.” When … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Billy Clem: About 40

This junk I’ve carried forty years On good days pees a single stream, But mostly just sticks to my thighs White as unseen fishes’ bellies. It’s all here for little … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: First Night Out

In this award-winning film directed by Will Mayo, a transgender woman goes out in public for the first time. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Trump’s Troubling Ties to Russia

. For at least ten years, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to influence government policy, public opinion, and news coverage inside the United … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments