Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Doug Anderson: Chopping Garlic

Never take this for granted: the smell of it on my fingers and the way when I drop it in hot olive oil it blooms yet again and when I … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Joy of Local Food

. In this short video, Sir Roger Scruton and Helena Norberg-Hodge explore what’s wrong with the current global food economy, and share an alternative. For more videos in this series from … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wyatt Massey: Your Uncle Said What? How to Talk About Social Justice With Your Family During the Holidays

Finding connection and engaging face to face is important social change work—especially during holiday gatherings. The dread of politically combative conversations during the holidays—or awkward ones at best—is as akin … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill — To the Tune: Boat of Stars

Spring after spring, I sat before my mirror. Now I tire of braiding plum buds in my hair.   I’ve gone another year without you, shuddering with each letter—   … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: The “Redneck Revolt” Is Showing Up at Gun Shows and KKK Rallies to End White Supremacy

This rural White organization put out a call for working-class Whites to “reject the idea of whiteness.” Last year, following the presidential election, I wrote a column suggesting that people who … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Days and Nights in the City Where I First Opened My Eyes

My mother worked nights at home, daytime too, in the house, at the sewing machine, making dresses for women who could afford to have dresses made for them. We bought … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dr. Joel Kahn: The 1 Minute Health Booster

As a cardiologist dealing with patients suffering from hardening of the arteries and other diseases of poor nutrition and inflammation, I suggest that you would be wise to buy the … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Richard Eskow: Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise

The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Susan Sailer: Life That Hard

23 degrees. He sat on the sidewalk near a street with a stoplight, a sign propped beside him   HELP  I born deaf, homeless              Anything help On two layers … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Eleanor Ambos

. Eleanor Ambos is an unlikely tycoon. Since arriving in New York from her native Germany at age 20, she has transformed a modest interior-design business into a small empire, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Inner Life of the Cell

. In 2006, Harvard University teamed up with XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell. The … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Richard St. John: Pluto 2

After the action of the International Astronomers Union 8/24/06 . Poor Pluto, icy stone, never so lovely as Venus or possessing Jupiter’s pull.  Dragging along your equal moon, that old … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rita Sklar: An Arkansas Town Agrees to Criminal Justice Reform to Ensure That the Poor Are Not Jailed

For years, the city of Sherwood, Arkansas, home to about 30,000 people, had a practice of jailing people who could not afford to pay court costs incurred from bounced checks. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment