Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Betzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Breath

. A film about the invisible life-force. Breathing is at the essence of being human, but not just because it keeps us alive. Like laughter and facial expressions, breathing is … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fred Rogers: On Strength, Love, and Heroism

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: ‘Ecological Armageddon’ — Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear

As new report shows flying insect population plunged by 76 percent, author predicts “our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world.” A new study published Wednesday, revealing populations of flying … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Robert Okaji: Snails

How convenient to carry a home on one’s back, I think, disregarding heft and plumbing and the shape of rooms too hollow to feel. Yesterday a box of African chapbooks … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

John S. Tieman: Instead of Nostalgia

When you swam in the Meramec the sky dry and the shore rust colored and the bridge hovered like a dragonfly, a bargeman smiled and the women thought about fishing … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leah Samberg: World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

UN: Ignore Trump on Climate

Three senior UN officials urge the world to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in a powerful rebuff of the scientific illiteracy of President Trump. LONDON, 16 October, 2017 – … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

If life were like a perfume commercial I’d be spending even more time than I already do gazing pensively into the distance the top buttons of my shirt undone my … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gail Ablow: The Truth About Gun Laws Under Trump

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Each deadly shooting rampage sends shockwaves through the country. We grieve. We get angry. Time and again, irate and bereaved … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Asylum

for Kenneth Patchen   When the sky opens up I hurry for the bus shelter hoping for some kind of asylum. I’ve nowhere to be and today I just want … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Debt

If I could be half-blind with reverie, or bathed breast-deep in seas of times gone by, perhaps I could express all that you gave to me, or whisper worlds into … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nahal Amouzadeh: 3 Things America Doesn’t Want To Tell You About White Terrorism

I was 6 years old when 9/11 happened. I don’t remember a lot. I don’t remember what the news was reporting. I don’t even remember how or if my parents … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment