Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Abby Zimet: The Word Is Love

It was 39 years ago Sunday that John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan in front of his apartment.

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Soulmates

This video by Farid Ghanbari is a compilation of surrealistic clips from his previous films. The images have been juxtaposed in provocative ways to create a weird visual poetry.

December 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Garage de soir (Garage at Night)

In this touching portrayal of lovable slackers, two brothers spend 12 months together in their family’s garage, learning from each other.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas Sayers Ellis: Godzilla’s Avocado

An artichoke’s heart does not pump ketchup.
It pumps pesto,
oily, olive clots of guacamole.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

November 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Made in Iowa

In 2011, Webster City, Iowa, experienced a massive economic shift after the town’s large appliance manufacturing plant shut down. But the community refused to let their town die…

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: While I Yet Live

Five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.

November 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Diane K. Martin: Love Before Breakfast

He would give her something to cry about.
If she knew what was good for her,
she would do something with her hair.

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Leonard Cohen — Happens to the Heart

“Happens To The Heart” is the first official single from the folk legend’s last original and unreleased album, Thanks For The Dance, which has been reimagined for film by award-winning director Daniel Askill.

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters — The Face of the Devil

Through his art, Filipe Horta seeks to assure that the nativity plays endure as a piece of the region’s living traditions, not merely historic folklore.

October 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas Sayers Ellis: All Their Stanzas Look Alike

All their Selected Collecteds
All their Oxford Nortons
All their Academy Societies
All their Oprah Vendlers
All their stanzas look alike

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Fitting

Inside a lingerie fitting room, two strangers – a customer who has recently undergone a mastectomy and a bra fitter – are bound on a mission to find a bra that works.

October 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marco North: The Stairs

Downstairs, there is a pile of kopeks next to the garbage bins. A ruble is far less than a penny, and there are one hundred kopeks to every ruble…. The kopeks are not there to be thrown away. They are for someone who actually needs them. Three hundred of them would buy a potato or two.

October 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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