Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Breath

. A film about the invisible life-force. Breathing is at the essence of being human, but not just because it keeps us alive. Like laughter and facial expressions, breathing is … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marsha Gordon: Blade Runner’s chillingly prescient vision of the future

Can corporations become so powerful that they dictate the way we feel? Can machines get mad – like, really mad – at their makers? Can people learn to love machines? … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Blade Runner — Nexus 2036 (new short film)

. Here is the premiere of a Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Manzanar

Manzanar   for Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston,             author of Farewell to Manzanar   The word, Spanish for apple orchard but by 1942, no orchards in the Owens Valley.   Water … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sarah Browning: Titian’s San Christoforo

Ducal Palace, Venice, 1523 The saint’s massive muscled arms – arms for the forge, for fighting, for tending   and laboring – reach toward heaven, toward the baby god on … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Perfectly Normal

. About award-winning short film Perfectly Normal, director Joris Debeij says: I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Monument/Monumento

. At Friendship Park, a unique meeting place along the US–Mexico border, family members and loved ones from both countries can see and speak to each other through a meshed … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The Story of Zero

. This short animated video produced by the Royal Institution of Great Britain illustrates the history of the mathematical concept of zero. Today, zero signifies an absence of value as … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Rolling on the Floor Laughing

. In this short film directed by Russell Harbaugh, two grown brothers return home for their widowed mother’s birthday, only to find themselves competing with a strange man for her affection. … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Mr Blue Footed Booby

. From the director: “This short film is an invitation to a lucid dream. Let’s take dinner together!” Written and directed by Gino Imagino Email subscribers may click on the … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 7 Comments

Video: The Addams Family dancing Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones

. For a brief moment, forget the hurricanes, the threat of nuclear war, the fires burning in LA, Montana, Washington, DC and the hearts of white supremacists. Breathe in. Breathe … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

Video: Marlene Dietrich — Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind?

. This evocative video shows Marlene Dietrich performing a 1960 German language version of Pete Seeger’s song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” Marlene Dietrich was known to have strong … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Charles Bukowski’s Crappy Life

. “I’m such a spoiled old toad … I was blessed with a crappy life.” — Charles Bukowski in 1993 One afternoon, Bukowski sat down to record the audio version … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 3 Comments