Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Emily De Ferrari: In the Belly

1. In Aliquippa The mill loomed large and after dark, nightmarishly glowing red on the river road we would take before I was five to my grandmother’s sweet, warm and yeasty … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Ellery Akers: Before the Inauguaration

I go out and apologize to the leaves. I’m sorry, I say. I love the way you shake in the wind. The way you uncrinkle in the spring. I wish … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Gerald Fleming: To My Student Kenny, Before the Inauguration of Donald Trump

Who will speak these days, if not I, if not you?             —Muriel Rukeyser . November 9, 2016  Mr. Fleming,  I can’t believe what happened last night. I am shocked, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Messengers of the Right

When news media changed its definition of objectivity, they opened the door to ignorance & Trumpism. Once upon a time, the news media defined objectivity as presenting the facts, and … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Toi Derricotte reads “Blackbottom”

. Toi Derricotte reads her poem “Blackbottom” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. . Blackbottom … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Two Speeches by Rep. John Lewis at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years apart

. Above is a video of Rep. John Lewis’ speech at the March on Washington in 1963, and below is a transcript of his remarks at the “Let Freedom Ring” … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Speech

Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961 Listen to the swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural speech Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Johnny Cash — Folsom Prison Blues

. Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison in 1968. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to listen to the audio. . Folsom Prison Blues I hear … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Relatively Free

. Journalist and activist Barrett Brown is released from prison after four years. On his drive across Texas to a halfway house, he discusses his extraordinary case and considers what … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fran Korten: The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?

Many of us have never had our courage or convictions challenged in frightening ways. That may change. The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: Really… There is Hope

As our country’s day of mourning approaches on January 20th and, even though each day brings more troublesome news regarding his dealings, I am not so much concerned about the … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: Journalism, Poetry, and Truth

Dawn broke Nov. 9th on a new global reality. Donald Trump, in spite of almost universal predictions to the contrary, will have his notoriously small hands on the red telephone. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Cynicism of the Republican Congress

There might be some possibility of convincing Donald Trump and the Republicans not to build a wall along the Mexican border if they sincerely felt threatened by an invasion of … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment