Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: No Such Thing as Cheap Meat

New global index gauges how 60 suppliers, worth a combined $300 billion, are managing sustainability risks based on nine criteria. Cattle graze on a farm in Caroline County, Maryland (Photo: … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Anthony Bourdain: Don’€™t Eat Before Reading This (1999)

The New Yorker: Good food, good eating, is all about blood and organs, cruelty and decay. It’s about sodium-loaded pork fat, stinky triple-cream cheeses, the tender thymus glands and distended … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Joanna Macy — Embracing Pain

. Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. In her workshops she counsels the embracing of pain as a way of deepening our … Continue reading

June 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Time Beyond Memory

. It’s rainy here in southern France, and chilly. The sky is the color of winter, and a fitful sun keeps popping in and out of mountains of black rain-bloated … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mike Males: The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous

Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school. . Every day, 42 Americans die in gun … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Support Group

For a long time, each day was a bad day. Truthfully?  For years, each day was a bad day.   The nights were worse, but she could slide The deadbolt … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tristan Ahtone: How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Binge

War comes to visit me once a day. I can’t get rid of him. He’s grown old and hates himself. I stopped a quarter century ago, but he still drinks … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Putting Together The World’s Craziness

To see a row of cars like a line of raisins in your hand—civic, legacy, raisin   to see from this fauve window in this antiseptic room a Professor full … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Nine Short Lives

One of my cats just jumped to the floor from the bathroom sink, where he’d been sipping drops of leftover water, and made a very loud thump. I looked up … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pema Chödrön: The Wisdom of No Escape

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

These fat-free, gluten-free macaroons are pure magic and delicious.  Try out the aquafaba – you won’t miss the egg whites at all.   Ingredients Aquafaba* from 1 can of organic … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kayla DeVault: Native and European—How Do I Honor All Parts of Myself?

Learning about my roots has helped me understand intergenerational trauma and cultural resilience related to my genetics. . One memory comes to me like a photo. It’s a snapshot of … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · 1 Comment