Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Rebecca Gordon: The Fires This Time

A Climate View from California

July 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine

What the cleanup tells us about the power of Federal waterway protections.

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Barbara E. Young: Blues for the Fisherman

Since the blues ought to be tall birds
wading and wailing 
when the sun dies—
let the blues fill its lungs now

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Happiness

What’s between them is a mystery.
The way the leaves that flag in the wind
know to be leaves, or the tree knows to grow them.

July 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: ‘This Is Our Future’ Without Climate Action, Advocates Warn After Pipeline Causes Fire in Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is on fire, it’s 112 degrees in Portland, roads and rails are crumbling from the sun, wildfire and hurricane season are here in record time and people are concerned about the cost of going green. COMPARED TO WHAT?”

July 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Kari Gunter Seymour: Planting By the Signs

I hear my grandmother’s voice, a divination,
Thick rolls the mist, that smokes and falls in dew.

July 5, 2021 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: Summer’s First Visitors

It’s summer and the gods are playing tug of war with the wind and the sun. Some days are dead-weighted with humid air that clings to our our faces like … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · 9 Comments

Michael Gregory: Two Songs (audio and text)

I went to the drugstore and I looked inside
Saw my good gal had upped and died
Hung my head down and I cried
Don’t want no more war

July 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

H.D.: Evening

shadow seeks shadow,
then both leaf
and leaf-shadow are lost 

July 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Daniel Johnson, Raquel Partelli Feltrin: Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Like humans, trees need water to survive on hot, dry days, and they can survive for only short times under extreme heat and dry conditions.

June 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Katharine Hayhoe: We Don’t Need a New Report to Know It’s Time to Act Urgently on the Climate Crisis

What we see today is just a fraction of what’s anticipated unless serious and immediate actions are taken to reduce carbon emissions.

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sarah Boon: Finding the Mother Tree

In “Finding the Mother Tree,” forest ecologist Suzanne Simard illuminates the complicated and intimate world of trees.

June 27, 2021 · 4 Comments

Peter Blair: Estivation

Against blue dusk
a bat dives, veers
over the bank, dips,
swoops up
above the library

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

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