Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: The Last Honey Hunter

A sacred dream sends one man on the perilous trail of toxic honey in Nepal.

April 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Slaughter Central

The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

April 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: How to Stop

It depends on the way you were broken:
Body from soul? Mind from memory?

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Althea Romeo Mark: Sunrise in the Afternoon

I wonder if the crying is one of pain, of boredom or of frustration from being imprisoned in a body that no longer works or obeys her will.

April 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sports Pages of Death

Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye & Michael Simms: Writing Prompt # 7 | Dear Vaccine

As we enter our new lives
will we remember
the faster we moved
the sicker we got?

March 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Jason Irwin: Sickness Will Surely Take the Mind

Maybe it all started with the murder of John Lennon, or the books my mother bought me on JFK and MLK. Whatever the reason, by the time I was thirteen I was a hardened news junkie always looking for a fix.

March 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Numberless Dead Bodies and Weapons of War Being Necessary to the Security Of A Free State

Congress, for God’s sake and all of ours, do your job. 

March 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bunkong Tuon: Fishing for Trey Platoo

Cambodians and Vietnamese, once enemies,
fish side by side on the same American pier.

March 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

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