Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Isaiah J. Poole: On the Road From Protest to Power — A Rising Tide

The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rachel Krantz: An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd

When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, I couldn’t help but try to talk to … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Patricia Youngblood: Two West Virginia Poems

five hundred mountains   over 500 mountains in Appalachia have been leveled by mountaintop removal mining, more than 1,000 miles of streams poisoned and buried in mine waste . the … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Appalachian Voices: Mountaintop Removal 101

Mountaintop removal is any method of surface coal mining that destroys a mountaintop or ridgeline, whether or not the mined area will be returned to what is legally described as … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Carolyn Gregory: Tin King

The tin-hammered king rubs his hands in glee. His crown shines while covering the holes beneath.   He flies around the world acquiring gold and new deals, claiming success   … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Hail to the Duffer in Chief

Think of Donald Trump as the plutocratic id loosed in the White House.  And who hasn’t noticed the results?  Civil war and uproar in Washington with bodies regularly carried out … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: America’s Carbon-Pusher in Chief

Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy?  Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Audio: Elizabeth Bishop reads “The Fish” (text included)

. Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer who was born in Massachusetts, raised in Nova Scotia, and lived for many years in Brazil with … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads “Pity the Nation” (text included)

. Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (born 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Leonard Steinhorn: Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s

Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Almond Way

for Scott Silsbe   We made heroic work of a few six packs while warm breezes skirted through the screen door and pushed salt crystals and breakfast crumbs around your … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: Luna Moth

I last saw one decades ago. There were nine or ten that July night moon-green and big as dinner plates some affixed to the doorscreen, others hovering like slow applause … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: World’s Young Face $535 Trillion Bill for Climate

The next generation will have to pay a $535 trillion bill to tackle climate change, relying on unproven and speculative technology. LONDON, 19 July, 2017 – One of the world’s … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment