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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Paul Christensen: The Reluctant Summer

I could feel the rage building as I saw the nation writhe, then uncoil its wrath and take to the streets. I was demoralized to realize that my whole life had been lived in the twisted emotions of a country poisoned to its soul with racist hatred.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jane Goodall: Humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19

The famous primatologist calls for an overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic.

June 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: All-time Most Popular Posts in Vox Populi

My favorite comment about Vox Populi comes from contributor Doug Anderson who said, “Vox Populi is basically a personal blog that seems to have swallowed a small planet.”

June 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

Gaby Garcia: Heat

When the world burns, we will be like the women
of Pompeii who left their bread loaves to bake—
our laundry mid-cycle, newspapers turned
to the op-eds, windows open to catch a breeze.

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Burning Man

Burning man comes from an instinct and need for carnival, a masking of the respectable self in order to release the animal/imaginative self, but with ritualized decorum and boundaries.

May 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Sydney Lea: Spring Poem in the Season of Corona

I’ve lived enough to expect odd snow-squalls, slapped
To anger by nasty winds. I predict more hours
In which we’re sealed in rooms foursquare and flat,
Where we’ll dream of the past…

May 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Stephanie Hiller: COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Could this be the beginning of a new food economy?

May 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Musings with the Nightingale

A friend in Connecticut has lost
over 40 friends and relatives to covid-19.
Overwhelmed with grief,
he can no longer speak.

May 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Luara Ferracioli: For a child, being carefree is intrinsic to a well-lived life

Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Ten things I should have figured out before now

Love is complicated. Courtesy is simple. Start with courtesy.

May 23, 2020 · 14 Comments

Lise Ragbir: How Coronavirus Will Shape a Generation

This generation now collectively understands that one’s daily existence can change overnight.

May 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Carolyn Gregory: Listening

Compassion unfolds her bright blue
wings and shelters us.

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

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