Vox Populi

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Deborah DeNicola: What Words?

What Words could fold this paper into a tree? How can I coax its ridges back into bark, rub its creases into nodules, flatten its already concave belly for someone … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Linda Kramer Jenning: Stacey Abrams Wants You to Upend the Status Quo, Too

The first Black woman candidate for governor of Georgia overcame obstacles at every turn, and laid out the road map for others to follow. Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Tango Under a Narrow Ceiling

My heart is delicious to take a bite from. It is an alcove for blue rabbits, A shark with fins of stubborn cactus. My heart is delicious to take a … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yara Hawari: Seventy Years of Palestinian Resistance Since the Establishment of the State of Israel

In 1948, the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) saw the state of Israel established, 750,000 Palestinians forced into exile, and over 500 Palestinian villages and towns destroyed. (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Image) … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Poison

The red-faced guard, his scant hair pressed like a wish against his boney pate, sat uniformed at the library gate sternly blocking the un-elect like me.   After just a … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike Males: The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous

Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school. . Every day, 42 Americans die in gun … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: To mourn the man by name

Guillaume Apollinaire As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, it is easy to think of all that as distant. Distant and perhaps overwhelming with its … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Support Group

For a long time, each day was a bad day. Truthfully?  For years, each day was a bad day.   The nights were worse, but she could slide The deadbolt … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tristan Ahtone: How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Camillo Mac Bica: Rationalizing Genocide

It’s long past time for the United States to end its complicity with Israeli war crimes. “Many of whom who hold dual Israeli-American citizenship, e.g., Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Richard … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Tribal

Grandpa Joe was nearly born in steerage from Palermo, but landed in Texas.   He loved watching Jimmy Durante on TV. The Great Schnozzola, a man of his tribe.   … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait in the Form of a Chalk Outline on the Concrete Belly of America

Jose Padua is a dish best served cold with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in a light broth and accompanied by a rich lager with subtle aftertones of lemon. Jose Padua … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

Saurav Sarkar: Hundreds of Poor People’s Campaign Activists Got Themselves Arrested for Racial Justice

While some white people were calling the cops on people of color, others joined them — and members of every other community — in a huge sweep of actions in … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · 2 Comments