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

Video: Breath

. A film about the invisible life-force. Breathing is at the essence of being human, but not just because it keeps us alive. Like laughter and facial expressions, breathing is … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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

Gail Ablow: The Truth About Gun Laws Under Trump

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Each deadly shooting rampage sends shockwaves through the country. We grieve. We get angry. Time and again, irate and bereaved … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Asylum

for Kenneth Patchen   When the sky opens up I hurry for the bus shelter hoping for some kind of asylum. I’ve nowhere to be and today I just want … Continue reading

October 17, 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

Leslie McGrath: Litany

Each day’s a train bound for Calgary, St. Paul, Santa Fe, its flickering windows a foreign film.   The doors will never open. But the tracks will beckon. You’ll lay … Continue reading

October 13, 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

Rachel Blum: The Night of her Diagnosis

The night of her diagnosis I dreamed her white spiral like a small galaxy that rose away from the hospital gurney and turned back only once. With a face like … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Michael Pollan: How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Perfectly Normal

. About award-winning short film Perfectly Normal, director Joris Debeij says: I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment