Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: The Monolith

. Pioneering NYC artist, Gwyneth Leech, enters a midtown art studio only to find that her skyline view will soon be blocked by the construction of yet another high-rise hotel. But … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartmann: There Are 3 Main Theories That Explain Trump’s Approach to Putin and Russia—Which One Makes the Most Sense?

Time for Occam’s Razor  (Getty Images) . There are three general theories to explain Trump’s behavior toward Russia (and other hard-right broadly autocratic regimes), and for unknown reasons the two … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Bone Song

The Russian bone connected to the vote scam bone, the vote scam bone connected to the wingnut ignoramus bone the wing nut ignoramus bone connected to the Nazi bone, the … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Josefa Heifetz Byrne: Mrs Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words

1. Omphaloskepsis: meditation while gazing at one’s navel. 2. Malneirophrenia: depression following a nightmare. 3. Junkettaceous: frivolous, worthless. 4. Sinciput: the forehead. 5. Whigmaleery: a knickknack or a geegaw; a … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Feffer — World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Deborah DeNicola: The Evening News

It’s another option if you’re ruling out suicide— Ruin rents the land and vermillion limns the fire. Wires scorch down the spines of weight-bearing walls. Rain rusts dull as a … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Obama delivers stirring speech on Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday

. Arguing that “we have no choice but to move forward” and that “those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Three Poems

Septuagenarian Sitting alone in late summer twilight sipping cold sake   reading the obituaries of my friends . To Margaret, the Librarian It was a librarian who first showed me … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Miles Mogulescu: Treason

As former CIA Director John Brennan stated on Monday, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Cancer, again

this time a slow- growing rarity tracing delicate tendrils through kidney and liver, the lung’s sturdy wall, artery somewhere I can’t remember, though twice I’ve been told. How the mind … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Philip F. Clark: The Fathers

I steadied you in the bathroom as you pissed, drunk and shaking. I was the only one who would make sure you didn’t fall. You kept talking about the friends … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kavitha Surana: A Baby Was Separated From Her Uncle at the Border. Three Months Later, Her Mother Is Still Trying to Get Her Back.

The case of Liah Ferrera Amaya shows the extensive vetting immigrant families must submit to in order to retrieve their children from U.S. custody — even if it means putting … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation. Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Christine Rhein: Dear Child

from letters written in Texas by detained, immigrant mothers to their sons and daughters (Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2018)   I write you these words. I miss you so … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 1 Comment