Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Ann Jones: The Fempire Strikes Back

#MeToo First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Okaji: Letter to Gierke from the Future’s Past

Dear Ken: I’m fixated on open faucets and drained tanks, on cracked PVC and browned grass, denial and what’s to come, thinking of old dogs and accusations and how the … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Re-enactment

A friend invited me to a Civil War re-enactment. He was well meaning enough, although why he’d think that I, a Vietnam veteran, would enjoy such a thing, who knows? … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Half-Life

This is my autobiography at mid-life, assuming that at 51 years of age I will live another 51 years and die at 102. That’s not very likely, but I wasn’t … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christine Hanna: Trump Supporters Infuriated Me. But Then Van Jones Changed My Mind

I saw shades of the men in my own life in Jones’ story, and deeper understanding set in. Several weeks ago, I found myself at a retreat center in the … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Hunter’s Moon

  Mid-December, dusk, and the sky slips down the rungs of its blue ladder into indigo. A late-quarter moon hangs in the air above the ridge like a broken plate … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Noa Yachot: “Are all Chinese-American scientists suspects because they are Chinese-American?”

Xiaoxing Xi was accused by the FBI of spying on the U.S. for the Chinese government after federal agents spent months monitoring his email without a warrant. (Photo: ACLU) . … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Tim Seibles — “One Turn Around the Sun”

. Tim Seibles reads “One Turn Around the Sun” at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 28, 2014 at the National Geographic Grosvenor … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Chris Hedges — “Fascism in the Age of Trump”

. Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Morning Blues

Winter sneaking through the trees with his bag of salt. Winter sneaking through the trees with his bag of salt. Dark days coming ain’t nobody’s fault. Used to think love … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Story of Stuff

. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fred Shaw: The Toolbox

I search for the red-handled Phillips-head among the clutter of Dad’s Air Force toolbox; the obsolete, English-sized wrenches, the vise-grips and channel locks looking to grasp smooth shouldered bolts with … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Stomping Into A Bone-Dry Forest With A Naked Flame

Sign of the enraged times. Twitter photo. . It took only hours after Trump’s heedless “act of diplomatic arson” against Palestinian rights and hopes for furious protests to break out … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: First Snow

Mother stands by the window And looks at the falling snow. It is the first snow fall On Father‘s grave. She has wrapped herself In a red blanket And leaned … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · Leave a comment