Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Weeds

White with daisies and red with sorrel And empty, empty under the sky!— Life is a quest and love a quarrel— Here is a place for me to lie. Daisies … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: White Privilege 101 — How To “Survive” Killing An Unarmed Black Man With His Hands In the Air on Video and Somehow Continue Insisting You’re the Victim

  Screenshot from the air. Photo: Mike Simons/Tulsa World . Betty Shelby, the white Tulsa police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher for being a big black guy and … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

Judith Coburn: Can We Be Forgotten Anymore?

A Private Investigator on Living in a Surveillance Culture.  Now that we know we are surveilled 24/7 by the National Security Agency, the FBI, local police, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, hackers, … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Travel Ghazal

for Larry   Give me a wash cloth and I will find a river to Dip it in.  I will bathe in memory and in loss.   Whenever the sky … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Noam Chomsky: The Failure of Mainstream Media in the United States

Of all Trump’s policies, the one that is the most dangerous and destructive, in fact poses an existential threat, is his policies on climate change, on global warming. That’s really … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Perspective

The woman who lived here before me was Spanish. I have found her attempts to battle the roaches pasted under the heater and sink, have swept dried beans and rice … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: Andy Warhol in Iran

I can only imagine how he must have loved the rose gardens, The minarets of the mosques, The songs of the nightingales in the trees That sounded like multi-tracked serenades … Continue reading

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stacy Bannerman: A Foreign Policy That Can Change Everything For Everyone

Women Talk About Gender, Racial And Economic Justice. But anti-war messaging is still missing from the resistance movement—and there can be no justice without peace. . We’re in the midst … Continue reading

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Nichols: What to Do When a President Believes He’s Above Justice

To protect our democracy, Congress must value the Constitution over partisan politics. . Impeachment was never meant to be about crimes and punishments. It was intended at the founding of … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrea Hollander: Pleasure

Because yesterday I lay fully dressed alone on my bed listening to the sweet-tempered yatter of rain I’d longed for all summer, a sound that continued for hours against the … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Lynching Museum — A Pilgrimage

Truth and reconciliation are sequential. You can’t have reconciliation until you have truth. — Bryan Stevenson . On the 28 April 1836, the steamboat “Flora” docked in St. Louis. The … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Sherman: John McCain, dead at 81, helped build a country that no longer reflects his values

Arizona Sen. John McCain – scion of Navy brass, flyboy turned Vietnam war hero and tireless defender of American global leadership – has died after a year of treatment for … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Why we quarrel

Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.   From Great Middle Way Included in Vox Populi with permission. Buddha Shakyamuni … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: La Estrella, Spain. The Last Two Residents in the Village.

  . Before the Spanish Civil War, La Estrella was a tiny but lively village in Spain with a population of roughly 200, but following the war’s end in 1939, … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

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