Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Christine Rhein: A Surgeon Writes from Aleppo

We are running out of coffins.
The city burns, street by street—
even the stones are catching fire.
Our last pediatrician has been killed.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sheila Carter-Jones: Running into a high school classmate years after

I was the only, back then Negro, girl
in a class of four hundred waves splashing,
tossing me about in the crash

October 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Volker Franke: Me First and the Loss of Compassion

Children ought to learn how to help one another so they can take joy in crossing the finish line together, building closeness instead of separation, segregation and adversarialism.

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: The NRA as the Official Mascot of the USA

Stupid is the word for a nation
that enables this atrocity five times
a month.

October 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Trumping the Future

The skies, the mesas, the old growth forests, the seas, and everything else, all the richness, beauty, diversity of our ecosystem doesn’t belong in Donald Trump’s wallet. It’s ours, not his. It belongs to all of us — and none of us — at the same time. That means our job, above all, is to protect it and so our children, all of them!

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Start Making Sense

By understanding the psychological buttons they’re pressing, we can stop demagogues from destroying our democracy.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Toute la mémoire du monde (All the Memory in the World)

A bibliophile’s paradise: the National Library of France in a classic documentary from 1956.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Do Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Protein?

Nutritional quality indices show plant-based diets are the healthiest, but do vegetarians and vegans reach the recommended daily intake of at least 42 grams of protein? In regards to other essential nutrients, how does a vegetarian or vegan diet stack up against the standard American diet?

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Geoffrey Jones, Sudev Sheth: What Gandhi believed is the purpose of a corporation

Gandhi had a lot to say about how business leaders should behave.

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: ‘Extremely Dangerous’: Trump Tweet Calling Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Coup’ Heightens Fears of Refusal to Leave Office

The orderly transfer of power in the United States has always depended on the active cooperation of the outgoing president. What happens if that cooperation is not forthcoming?

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: This Ancient Calendar Marks 72 Seasons

Adapting to climate change requires close attention to our natural environment.

October 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Embarrassment of Riches

Every day, private jets take off from London carrying a single passenger, mostly flying to Russia and the US. Each of them is filled with 32,000 litres of fuel. That’s as much fossil energy as a small African town might use in a year.

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: After Morning Rain

It is September, the end of summer.
My backyard maples turning orange
and red and gold.

September 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

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