Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Arlene Weiner: John of the Lamp

John of the lamp, poor fellow, you’re quite unstrung. Cat or rat’s got your tongue. Your guts are yellow, your wide grin is hollow. Summon the young to a portal … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: ‘Alarm Bells Ringing’ — Global CO2 Levels at Highest in 3 Million Years

Ahead of the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany next week, an annual bulletin released on Monday revealed that last year, the average global concentration of carbon dioxide surged at … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Republicans are repeating the most serious mistakes in our history

Slashing taxes on the wealthy and cutting services to children, the poor and the aged. Cutting back on immigration and deporting the 800,000 dreamers. Shaping government policy to promote fossil … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: Bitterness in the Mouth

When did the word for stranger and bitterness in the mouth come to mean a kind of audacity? I’ve seen in some men a distinctly American gall– they glide over … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stop Telling Women to Smile

. Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh which attempts to address gender-based street harassment by placing in public spaces drawings of women with captions … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Mean Mary on Fast Banjo — Iron Horse

 . Iron Horse We rode the plains as lovers do We raced beneath the summer sun My dusky eyes met his so blue Our soaring spirits breathed as one . … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Suzanne Simard — How trees talk to each other

. “A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Audio: Listen to a 9,000 Year Old Chinese Flute—the World’s Oldest Playable Instrument

. Chinese archeologists have unearthed what is believed to be the oldest known playable musical instrument, a seven-holed flute fashioned 9,000 years ago from the bones of the red-crowned crane. The … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Take Your Tiny Fingers Off the Button, Trump

Nuclear Nightmares Past and Present Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill — To the Tune: Plum Blossoms

The fragrance of red lotuses has faded. Autumn settles at my door.   I loosen my robe and drift in an orchid boat. Someone sent me love notes in the … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Ezzat’s Last Will

The Will Room in Evin Prison Has two ways out. Alas! One cannot take both. Thus, she writes that life Is beautiful and desirable And puts down the date of … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mohamedou Ould Slahi: My Guantánamo Diary, Uncensored

“Who I am now, thanks to my lawyers, my family and friends, my publishers, and my readers, is a free man.” If I wanted to, I could put my pen … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Robert Reich — “America actually has six political parties”

. Robert Reich explains that the old Democratic and Republican parties are exploding. When you take a closer look, America actually has 6 political parties right now. Whoever can put … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Carolyn Gregory: What Remains

Every face has its stories of travel along the coast or mountains, memories of loved ones cherished or left behind   the rooms of beauty acquiring their peonies or cobwebs … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment