Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Nathan Schneider: A Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power

The waning years of the 1800s bore an uncanny resemblance to the present. The U.S. economy was transforming and globalizing, leaving behind many hardworking people. Then, as now, a populist … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Col. John Stapp, Fastest Man in the World

What saved me were those years in Alamogordo when I was nine & ten, unfettered, unsupervised, so I could build wooden carts, play with bows   & arrows, roam empty … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike James: This Life

. This Life Yesterday a half-built mansion. Open to rain, racoons, and a few young, stray vandals. Today a hunter’s shack, cold in the woods, where shadows gather around a … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lindsey Royce: No Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

You opted for the straight fuck, lust with no intimacy & mind-game mystery, even though you tried to please.   I loved dearly the illusion you were, mannish boy as … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Billboard Not Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A few years ago, my wife and I were driving in Franklin County, Missouri. I saw something off the road, and excitedly said to her, “Honey, look — look at … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: The donnée as entry to the temple

A crucial point in the making of some poems, especially long ones, arrives when the poet must decide whether to push through a kind of caesura in the process. That’s the … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Theodore Roethke — In a Dark Time

. In this 1964 portrait directed by David Myers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet recites a few of his poems and talks about the sources of poetry and his approach to … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: An Empire of Graveyards

At the Circus with Donald Trump. Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video — Falling Lessons: Erasure One, a poem by Beth Copeland

. Director Anh Vu, working with the organization Motionpoems, created this video of Beth Copeland’s poem which interweaves images of the natural world with books, papers and other evidence of … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Boakes: Biodiversity isn’t just pretty — it future-proofs our world

A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Poem

I can’t help but write it, get up in the morning and there it is. Useless, worth nothing on the market. No piece of oil field technology, nor can it … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Romero: Blue Willow

Cooking was something I learned to do well. This was a chicken roasted golden; I carved the leg and thigh huddled like a plump comma. The fork slipped. The piece … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Will Fraker: Gender is Dead, Long Live Gender

Just what is ‘performativity’? Gender is burdened by a lot of adjectives these days. It’s non-binary, it’s fluid, it’s ‘over’. According to the American rapper Young Thug, an artist at … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment