Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Cormac McCarthy explains how a 9-5 job limits your artistic potential

. As Cormac McCarthy tells Oprah Winfrey in 2007 during his first television interview ever, he has made his creative work the central focus of his life to the exclusion … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Real Rumors

Now that it’s done being undone, or, at least, the end of the beginning of undone, depending on the harrumphing water pumps and which side of the bulldozer blade is … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Genealogical Glass Houses

. The Racist-In-Chief continues to spout his pitiless rhetoric on immigration – aka don’t want no more brown-skinned people in my wannabe chaste white kingdom – even appropriating the memory … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Thin-Skinned

You called it the ‘Winter of the Oranges,’ that February into March when our love was new, and the downtown Farmer’s Market sold thin-skinned navel oranges for cheap. You’d grab … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons against terrorists

The Pentagon’s new Nuclear Posture Review calls for dropping nuclear bombs on countries that harbor terrorists.  The draft of the Pentagon’s proposed plan to “update” the United States’ nuclear weapon … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Okaji: Sometimes Love is a Dry Gutter

Or a restless leaf, a footprint.   Is fault on a blameless day, scrawled on a washed-out sky.   My friend’s music orbits his home, worms through the cracks in … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Frances Moore Lappé: Farming for a Small Planet

How we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot—no matter how much we produce. People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

Kyle Harper: How climate change and disease helped the fall of Rome

At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are, today, on Rome’s cycle of decline. Historians might squirm at such attempts to … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Andrena Zawinski: Dancing with Neruda’s Bones  

Neruda, only known to me in the poet’s words–– I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul–– Neruda’s bones … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Buchheit: How Inequality Is Killing Off Humanity

The super-rich are making it nearly impossible to reverse the deadly effects of an unnaturally unequal society, in part because they’re no longer connected to the world beyond their estates. … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Frances Harper: Bible Defense of Slavery

Take sackcloth of the darkest dye, And shroud the pulpits round! Servants of Him that cannot lie, Sit mourning on the ground. Let holy horror blanch each cheek, Pale every … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christine Skarbek: Countess Krystyna Skarbek — Resistance Personified

The most decorated woman of WWII was – without a doubt – a free-spirited Nazi Resistance fighter. Yet, Polish Countess Krystyna Skarbek remains unheralded in her homeland, and nearly everywhere … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s “The Problem is Civil Obedience”

. This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History in collaboration with Louder … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 1 Comment