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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Pokey LaFarge "Garbage Man Blues"

Pokey LaFarge performing “Garbage Man Blues” at Music City Roots from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville.

August 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo Music

Australian indigenous music has existed for 40,000 years and is still widely performed.

July 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: John Prine as Tender Poet

“If his songs were allowed to exist in the world—so simply written, so profoundly beautiful —surely there was room for other good, decent things, too.”

July 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Gail Langstroth | firegarden / jardín-de-fuego

About this short film, Gail Langstroth writes: One hot, summer afternoon in New York City, the poet Anne Marie Macari and I met at the Bouchon Café, Time Warner Center, … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Loretta Graceffo: Music is a living thing

We are all your children
If you hear us, join us now
We’re gonna strike because the waters are rising
We’re gonna strike because our people are dying
We’re gonna strike for life and everything we love

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Josephine Baker: Siren of the Resistance

Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, famous for her risqué performances, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials.

June 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Villanelle for Lady Day

Billie said, “If I’m going to sing like someone
else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Let’s
just say I was white and knew how to conform.

June 18, 2020 · 2 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

Video: Wavy Gravy & Ace of Cups | “Basic Human Needs”

And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet had shoes upon their feet
And something to eat
And wouldn’t it be fine, now if all of human kind had shelter

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Urgency of Intersectionality |Kimberlé Crenshaw

Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm.

May 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stephon Alexander: The Physics of Jazz

Physicist Stephon Alexander narrates how he came to understand the parallels between quantum particle theory and jazz composition.

May 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: A True Story of How I Almost Became a Rock and Roll God (with special appearance by Iron Butterfly)

So there I was, jumping up and down on a king-sized bed in an expensive hotel in Miami Beach, drinking rum straight from the bottle. And right beside me, jumping up and down, playing the air-guitar and blasting out his famous song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was Doug Ingle.

May 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Willie Nelson | Ride Me Back Home

This song earned Willie his ninth Grammy Award.

May 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

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