Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mary Oliver: Nature and the Poet

In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: One Tree, One Year

. A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors. An inspired filmmaking experiment, One Tree, One Year observes a year in the life of … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Ian Boyden: Study The Axe Handle

學柯 for Sam Hamill To study the axe handle is to study the forest, how trees stand, and how trees fall, and how to cause their falling, and what it … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Of Cascadia (text and video)

. Of Cascadia I came here nearly forty years ago, broke and half broken, having chosen the mud, the dirt road, alder pollen and a hundred avenues of gray across … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Eight Notes on the Rain   

Kien waited for death, calmly recognizing             that it would be ugly and inelegant. -Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War   1 spring rain, like ether, daubs down memory, mutes … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah Sunshine Manning: Decolonizing Birth — Women Take Back Their Power as Life-Givers

“We’re just beginning to bring those Indigenous perspectives forward again.” . Zintkala Mahpiya Win Blackowl didn’t plan to have her sixth baby in a tipi on the windy plains of … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Chocolate as an act of resistance

. In Mexico, Chocolate isn’t just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. This is … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kristofer Collins: Burning

for Margaret Bashaar   You are reciting poems as the Braddock Avenue trees litter pink buds all over, or perhaps you are dreaming. These million floating poems carry your full … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Arrival of Spring

The crocus came up two days ago. I wondered how long it might take to get some sign that spring was on the way. There they are, tough little flowers … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

A.E. Housman: “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now”

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Michelle Thaller — “We Are Dead Stars”

. In this collaboration between The Atlantic and the podcast TRBQ (The Really Big Questions), NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller explains how every atom in the human body – and, indeed, … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth West: Love And Loss In The Anthropocene

As a species, we have been unable to meet the challenges posed by our own misguided attachment to growth. “Easiest to see are the larger and most tangible of consequences … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford — The Archer on Sam’s Table

Because we have the archer,  I always arise about the same time to walk him.  He lies patient and silent in his crate as I dress in the big room, … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment