Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Dr. Michael Greger: Aging

A six-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three behaviors exerted enormous impact on mortality: not currently smoking, consuming a healthier diet, and moderately exercising at … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Numbers

She’s had a few drinks, looking over my shoulder with her breast against my back. I’m showing her something about her camera and I guess because I’m seventy-four she thinks … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 1 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

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: A Measure

When there had to be a gift through rubble to tell the children not to continue on that killer path and there was a little kindness it was a little … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · 1 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

Sherry Hamby: Resisting technology, Appalachian style

When people hear “Appalachia,” stereotypes and even slurs often immediately jump to mind, words like “backwards,” “ignorant,” “hillbilly” or “yokel.” But Appalachian attitudes about technology’s role in daily life are … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Kate Daniels — The Addict’s Mother: Birth Story

She wasn’t watching when they cut him Out.  C-section, you know.  Green drape Obscuring the mound of ripened belly They extracted him from.  He spilled Out squalling, already starving.  Still … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Look & See — A Portrait of Wendell Berry (Trailer)

.   LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

Nora Biette-Timmons and James Burnett: The Parkland Kids’ Gun Reform Platform, Explained

In an online petition, and in testimony by one of their leaders to a shadow congressional hearing organized by Democrats in Washington, the Stoneman Douglas students galvanizing the new teen movement against gun … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Parsnip and Apple Soup

This lovely, creamy soup is very soothing and has a great delicate flavor. It’s texture is enhanced by a sprinkling of deep fried parsnip shreds. YIELD:  Makes about 6 cups … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 7 Comments

George Monbiot: Unprostrated

I have prostate cancer, but I’m happy. Here’s how. It came, as these things often do, like a gunshot on a quiet street: shocking and disorienting. In early December, my … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Beth Copeland: Dear Omniscient Narrator

Please don’t let me linger   in the ellipses of dementia and disease   murmuring goodbye again and again to family and friends.   Write a simple sentence with a … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mark Kramer: Walking, and Thoughts Along The Way

In the 2010 indie film The Way, the actor Emilio Estevez says to the actor Martin Sheen, who’s both Estevez’s on-screen and real-life father: “You don’t choose a life, Dad. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 1 Comment