Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Video: Worlds Apart (Heineken ad)

. You won’t find parties, loud music, or scantily-clothed women in Heineken’s latest ad campaign. Instead, the beer company went in a wonderfully different direction. The company’s #OpenYourWorld campaign is the exact … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Goehl: Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination

This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” — David … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Lapses of Rain

Even in dreams, I fail to recognize these men. They are white blurs, edgeless, still talking. They turn rivers into sludge. Eagles into silica; air to lead.  I wake up, … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: Climate Change as Genocide

Inaction Equals Annihilation Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chuck Taylor: In the Woods Near Cut and Shoot, Texas

You brought her off the road And laid her on the kitchen Table – road kill, gorgeous, her pelt Clean, vigorous, youthful. Under the kitchen Fluorescent she seemed full of … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Red Baron

Perhaps the most memorable character from the First World War is “The Red Baron.” Manfred Von Richthofen died about 11 AM on Sunday, the 21st of April in 1918. There … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Lauren McCauley: Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door

Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation. Americans in many cases have been slow to acknowledge the real threats posed by … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: In Praise of Spring

As I got down from the car after shopping, my wife led me to the side yard. She pointed down into the tangle of winter grass and let me discover … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Mystery

An unwilled force drives pale shoots into the air. Something powerful underneath it all, harder than a fist, keeps making things rise, until they burst out of nothing into a … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: “Trump Forest” Blooms to Counter “Trump’s Monumental Stupidity”

“As the planet heats up towards critical tipping points, we simply can’t afford his ignorance.” Want to help counter President Donald Trump’s war on climate action and combat climate change? … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Herman Hesse: Trees

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Mary Anne

Her hands are as strong as mine. She says, these folks don’t have any common sense. And I don’t mean how to count eggs. I mean, look out there. I … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: Spring in White

It’s April and the robins have returned and shit streaks long and white as pulled, uncolored taffy. They christen budding lawns, walkways, and streets   clear now for the ice … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment