Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Kevin Loria: Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we’re not ready for the sea level rise that’s coming

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.  Ice melting rates in Antarctica tripled between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The biggest … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dominik W. Rettinger & Christine Skarbek: Kommando Puff

A new novel From Poland recounts the industrialization of rape at Auschwitz.  Kommando Puff is a novel that exposes the lives of two women:  Anna, the German mother of an SS-officer … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Fadi Abu Shammalah & Jen Marlowe: The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza

Why Palestine’s Feminists are Fighting on Two Fronts “I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor.” Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: The Signs of My Mother

Oh high moon! What are you waiting for? Follow your path quickly And carry my message to Isfahan From the window of my bedroom. My mother is still awake And … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy?

Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy? Stupidity? Narcissism? Or maybe it’s money from Russia and elsewhere. Let’s take a bird’s eye view at the foreign … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Pursuit

Each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else. In such a way do the days pass— a blend of stock car racing and the never … Continue reading

June 12, 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

Jeremy Slevin: The UN Just Published a Scathing Indictment of US Poverty

UN special rapporteur Philip Alston. (Photo credit TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) “The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality.” The United Nations has … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

Tom Engelhardt: Walking While Black

Like everyone else in America, you undoubtedly know about the recent afternoon shutdown of 8,000 Starbucks stores for anti-bias training after the well-publicized handcuffing and arrest of two black men … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Lucille Clifton reads her poems at Lannan

. Lucille Clifton was born in 1936 in Depew, New York and died in 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her luminous and incisive poems have been published in nine books, including The Book of … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Young Ian McKellan Jamming Shakespeare with Fleshtones on Warhol’s TV show (1987)

.   Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which aired on MTV in the late 1980s was a multimedia circus featuring “The high and the low. The rich and the famous. The struggling … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: America is Stuck in Trump Hog Day

Every day in Trumpland looks just like the day before, except it’s always worse.  We wake up each morning and Trump is still in the White House.  He piles lies upon … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · 5 Comments