Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Richard St. John: Abhorrent Things

You shall not eat any abhorrent thing….of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cleft you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Laura Bridgeman: What Whales Have to Teach Humans About Capitalism

Any accounting of the commons without acknowledging the presence and interests of others will lead to their continued destruction, to our human detriment as well. The International Whaling Commission meets … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jessica Corbett: ‘Ecological Armageddon’ — Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear

As new report shows flying insect population plunged by 76 percent, author predicts “our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world.” A new study published Wednesday, revealing populations of flying … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Robert Okaji: Snails

How convenient to carry a home on one’s back, I think, disregarding heft and plumbing and the shape of rooms too hollow to feel. Yesterday a box of African chapbooks … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Leah Samberg: World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

UN: Ignore Trump on Climate

Three senior UN officials urge the world to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in a powerful rebuff of the scientific illiteracy of President Trump. LONDON, 16 October, 2017 – … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

If life were like a perfume commercial I’d be spending even more time than I already do gazing pensively into the distance the top buttons of my shirt undone my … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Paint By Numbers

. . . stairs for the void running down to the garden ─ Wisława Szymborska . From fallen fence to ragged tree line, on late September afternoons, each stiff knee-high … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Raj Patel & Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Maya Lewis: Civil Rights Are Green

A Concise History of Environmental Racism and Justice in the US I never knew the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C to be anything other than disgusting. My family would joke … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Meat of the Matter

Farming animals is as unsustainable as mining coal. What will future generations, looking back on our age, see as its monstrosities? We think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments