Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Margaret Klein Salamon: Facing the Climate Emergency — Grieving The Future You Thought You Had

If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Summer Sunrise

The sun came up this morning
Like a madwoman’s red eye

June 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. William J. Barber II, Dr. Liz Theoharis: A Visionary Budget

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster
death, The rape and rot of graft, and
stealth, and lies, We, the people, must
redeem The land…
And make America again!
— Langston Hughes

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Dealing with climate fear

If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: I stand beneath the mountain with an illiterate heart

The darkness of my sacred ignorance enlightens me.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Our Father who art in flowers

Our Father who art in me
You are the One I love
The One who hurt me
The One who seeks the truth

June 16, 2019 · 4 Comments

Michael T. Young: Mulch Baptism

The green folds of hillside
in the distance will open like arms to embrace you,
our soils enriched by the return,
the reminder of who we all are.

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: New Report Details Planetary Perils of US Fracking Infrastructure Boom

“This new analysis paints a devastating picture of what our world will look like if fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure buildout aren’t halted soon.” —Dr. Sandra Steingraber

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: After Watching the Attorney General Testify, May 1, 2019

I’m back outside, hands deep in dirt and dirt’s
the only thing that’s telling truth today.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rory Leyva: The Lessons of Mortality

Even though I am only 12 years old, I know my life won’t last forever, and someday I, too, will reflect on my past decisions. We were all born to exist and eventually die, so we have evolved to value things in the context of mortality.

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Deonna Anderson: These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area

Through a voluntary land tax and donations from land owners, this organization is working to create an alternative land base for Indigenous people in California’s East Bay.

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Parliament of Trees

The next morning I rode my bicycle to Wolf Corner where coyotes and dogs were
Hung on a wooden rack to discourage coyotes

June 6, 2019 · 6 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Meditation on a Sanctuary

And still there is shelter in shade
and pummeling rain, in the produce aisle
with its mounds of lemons, nectarines.

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Walking to Prospect Hill and Back on These Still Slow Days of Spring

our days growing warmer, our nights
shorter as we cross paths with every-
thing that lives and breathes or flies

June 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

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