Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Rotkop (Skunk)

In this evocative short film from Flanders, Olli is a lonely teenage boy who makes trouble whenever he can. He spends his days riding his motorcycle and hanging around the … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Alexis Elder: What makes a good friend?

Good friendships seem worth celebrating. But for many of us, tensions can appear from time to time between being a good friend and doing “the right thing.” When faced with, … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steven Nadler: We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin and the food supply was … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily De Ferrari: On Killing Flies with Dr. Seuss

I killed them in the window. I killed them on the door. And when I killed a hundred flies I kept on killing more. Why is my heart so cruel, … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Omnia El Shakry: Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist

Even in the most revolutionary thinkers, you will find the uncannily familiar. Sigmund Freud was no exception. Arabs recognised in Freud’s body of thought ideas from classical Islamic thinkers. In … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Riad Saleh Hussein: A Serene Evening

This evening is serene, This evening is not calm. I am a man or a pack of dynamite— Under my trench a red goose or a black unicorn. The woman … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: From Ugly to Mean

Travelogues don’t typically interest me. I cringe when I ask someone (just to be polite), “How was your trip?” and they give a blow-by-blow of the sights, activities, and food. … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 8 Comments

Robert Okaji: Aleppo

A father sings to his son, dead two days, and the platitudes persist. Widow of night. Lantern’s trick. What trace, you wonder, exists of humanity in these etched walls? Light … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen

. With all the nutrition advice on the internet, making decisions about a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. In this short video, nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger gives us a simple … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Calabrian Fig

Every morning when I go stair climbing I see her with a rake in hand Standing by a fig tree In front of her Roman house With arches and domes. … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Al Maginnes: The Book of Forgetting

By now she’s tired of stories spotlighting her early deeds, actions too endearing to be plotted, or the years before she came, blanks of time distant as fires in the … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dani Burlison: What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires. It’s late spring, and I’m hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frank Edwards & Michael H. Esposito: Police kill about 3 men per day in the US

Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day. According to our estimates, police are responsible for about 8 percent … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Relapse

Several of the young men from the treatment center are already dead.  They spanned the demographic spectrum so no conclusions can be made about why they did, or didn’t, make it. … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · 1 Comment