Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Yadvinder Malhi: Observing nature in your backyard is not dull but radically significant

Every decade is warmer than the last, spring is earlier and the weather more erratic. The web of life is shifting and reweaving in complex ways…

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: The Last Honey Hunter

A sacred dream sends one man on the perilous trail of toxic honey in Nepal.

April 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Rainy and Cold Today

The soul is hungry in spring, and there is only the crisp, silent air to feed it.

April 18, 2021 · 3 Comments

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

William Hathaway: The Quiet of the Sky

Quietly, though. The sort of view
people look at and say awesome
while taking pictures of their faces
with their phones with nature scenes
behind them…

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Over the branch of a small cherry,
below the white flurry of blossoms,
someone has looped a maroon sash.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: A Cartography of Home

My mother was a place. She was the where
from which I rose.

March 31, 2021 · 7 Comments

Alan Soldofsky: Entitled

You know it’s hard to concentrate
when pear trees across the street
burst out overnight, flaunting their 
astonishing plumes of white confetti.

March 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Carolyn Miller: Three Poems

And in the evening, after the sun had set 
and the birds were alighting in the trees, my mother, 
in her housedress and apron and cheap leather shoes 
and my father’s dress socks, went out to water the flowers…

March 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sports Pages of Death

Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: We’re all waiting here

I smell the earth for the first time as I take a walk, my first in many months of being housebound.

March 28, 2021 · 8 Comments

Jane Varley: The Language of Prayer

She was beautiful on a hilltop
above the Red Lake River where clouds
dashed sunlight and the scent
of cherry and lilac drifted in, drifted out

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

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