Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Mark Kramer: Walking, and Thoughts Along The Way

In the 2010 indie film The Way, the actor Emilio Estevez says to the actor Martin Sheen, who’s both Estevez’s on-screen and real-life father: “You don’t choose a life, Dad. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: A Murmuration of Starlings

. The flight of a starling flock at dusk, known as a murmuration, is one of nature’s most beguiling sights. Blurring the line between the individual and the group, murmurations … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Nutag — Homeland

. Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation. In 1942, Nazi forces captured a portion of the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, home to … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Nicholas: After Thousands of Years, Western Science Is Slowly Catching Up to Indigenous Knowledge

Our knowledge of what the denizens of the animal kingdom are up to, especially when humans aren’t around, has steadily increased over the last 50 years. For example, we know … Continue reading

March 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Fractal — 4k StormLapse

. In this beautiful montage of moving images collected over ten years, director Chad Cowan and composer Arvo Pärt capture the drama and poetry of weather. About this film, Cowan says: “Big … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Drucilla Cornell & George Yancy: James Bond is a Wimp

I conducted this interview with the influential feminist philosopher and ethicist Drucilla Cornell over the past month, as the #MeToo movement has gained force, and debates about feminist responses to … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Matika Wilbur: I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

It is important to understand that decolonization is a physical action and that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 countries have decolonized; which is to say, … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steve Nolan & NJ DeVico: The Orchestration Of War     

Steve Nolan writes: It’s one of the most common souvenirs of war, the constant ringing in the ears, or, in my case, a high-pitched squeal presumably caused by the Blackhawk … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Kids Have Had Enough

“The NRA is a terrorist organization.” With evidence growing that prayer will not stop bullets from killing school children, the kids themselves are stepping up to be the grownups in … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: David Byrne performs and directs “Don’t Fence Me In”

. “Don’t Fence Me In” performed and directed by David Byrne. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. Lyrics Oh, give me land, … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Tough

. An immigrant mother and her daughter finally explore the things they had left unsaid. Born in the UK to a Chinese mother whose parents were targeted by the state … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: The Story of Bottled Water

. . This short animated video tells the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Feral

. A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video — Falling Lessons: Erasure One, a poem by Beth Copeland

. Director Anh Vu, working with the organization Motionpoems, created this video of Beth Copeland’s poem which interweaves images of the natural world with books, papers and other evidence of … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment