Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: “Buitenkant” (The Outside)

. Winner of the Jury Award at Shnit Worldwide Film Festival 2016. A homeless woman in Cape Town breaks into an apartment, where her experience turns into a complex reflection … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mary Oliver: Nature and the Poet

In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: One Tree, One Year

. A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors. An inspired filmmaking experiment, One Tree, One Year observes a year in the life of … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: One for the Morning and the Uninterrupted Dancing in my Head

This morning I’m looking for my copy of Reinbert de Leeuw’s super slow performances of the compositions of Erik Satie to play while I do the work I get paid … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Still Following the Money

. The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: In Praise of Teachers

At almost 74, of all the people in my life, it may be the teachers I remember most vividly. Mrs. Kelly, my first grade teacher (who began it all); my … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Beth Copeland: Release

Imagine a goldfinch in your fist. Open it   as olive wings soar over dark steeples. If   you’re grieving for what never was or will be, bring   your … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ian Boyden: Study The Axe Handle

學柯 for Sam Hamill To study the axe handle is to study the forest, how trees stand, and how trees fall, and how to cause their falling, and what it … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Should I Give Up on White People?

You deserve to be punished with several fists to your face! You’re nothing but a troublemaker! I’ve had enough of your Racist talk! You’d better watch what you say and … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sam Hamill: Of Cascadia (text and video)

. Of Cascadia I came here nearly forty years ago, broke and half broken, having chosen the mud, the dirt road, alder pollen and a hundred avenues of gray across … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Eight Notes on the Rain   

Kien waited for death, calmly recognizing             that it would be ugly and inelegant. -Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War   1 spring rain, like ether, daubs down memory, mutes … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment