Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Paul Christensen: A Ride in Gatsby’s Car

When it’s raining out, houses have a different sound. The door isn’t crisp when it shuts, it thuds softly, and it makes you feel connected to whoever is moving through … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lindsey Royce: An Offering

I want to go naked in the fields, naked as hummingbirds that sip from purple lilacs, iridescence vibrant as the flowers’ fragrance.   In sunshine, bare-assed as the day I … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: The Slaves of my Ancestors

Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe – Richmond, Virginia, 1853. . DICK, STEPHEN, CHARITY, AND LUCY were their given names — these beloved “Negroes.” They were the propertied slaves owned … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: The Man is the Music

. ‘Everything that I’ve experienced, I’ve made a piece of art to go along with it.’ Prolific artist, musician and lover of Mother Earth, Lonnie Holley treasures the discarded. Nurturing … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Jim Carrey — I Needed Color

. In his comedies, film actor Jim Carrey seemed at times almost maniacal, and press reports and gossip columns showed a chaotic personal life as well. At the height of … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Envy of Flying

. We can’t fly like birds, nor can we stop our gaze soaring skyward to dream of it. In this brief, whimsical documentary, the UK director Eleanor Mortimer turns her … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Glenn Hanna: Why didn’t he shoot? The Toronto cop who did everything right

It may be some time before we hear the full story from the Toronto police constable who apprehended the suspect in Monday’s van attack that left 10 people dead and … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: We grow accustomed to the Dark

We grow accustomed to the Dark – When Light is put away – As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp To witness her Good bye – A Moment – We … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Pillars

There’s a blaze of light In every word, It doesn’t matter which you heard, The holy or the broken – Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen     There were two holy places … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: Students as Teachers

Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Jacinda for President!

Trump, America’s very stable genius, doing what he loves. My wife perceptively notes how the USA is sliding backwards.  Racism has new vigor even as science is rejected, e.g. climate … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Disputation

He argued like a champ, best of breed. You gave him his assumptions, you were dead. Or later claim he’d said something daft and he’d repeat verbatim, first to last, … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Aging

A six-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three behaviors exerted enormous impact on mortality: not currently smoking, consuming a healthier diet, and moderately exercising at … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Numbers

She’s had a few drinks, looking over my shoulder with her breast against my back. I’m showing her something about her camera and I guess because I’m seventy-four she thinks … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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