Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Fall Of An Khe

I never saw Saigon.   In 1970, I was stationed at Camp Radcliff next to the village of An Khe in the Central Highlands.   I was assigned to the army’s 4th … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: How To Tell A War Story

  I remember the day Senior Drill Sergeant Rose lined us up in squads of eight. It was the first week of Basic Training. “Every single one of you is … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: Trump’s War On Us

Trump’s war on immigrants comes home. Guess what? It’s part of a larger war on our economy and our values. The other day I was at a friend’s house when … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Pebble on a Gravestone

In a rising tide of racism and anti-semitism around the world, vandals toppled and damaged more than 170 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in the St. Louis … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 17 Comments

Shirley Ann Higuchi: Suddenly What Happened to Japanese Americans 75 Years Ago Is Relevant

In May 1942, just six months into World War II, a medical doctor in the U.S. Army went to a notary in Fort Smith, Arkansas and signed over the sale … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Adriana Ramírez: What does it mean to be a poet in the face of violence?

On Black Bodies, Metaphor, and Mourning . What roles does poetry play in response to violence? Can poets write about racialized violence without reinscribing it on others? –Susan B. A. … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: Primal Thrill

Kayaking with basking sharks provides a glimpse of the wonders we could experience if our seas are rewilded. I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Only a Nazi Should be Called a Nazi

Drumming nervously on the steering wheel, I begin to mutter to myself. “C’mon, Renee. You told me 7:45, right? Actually, you demanded I pick you up precisely at 7:45. Well, … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Facing Evil with Maya Angelou

. In this video recorded shortly after Maya Angelou’s death in 2014, Bill Moyers remembers a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Muse

As a musician, he was solid and reliable, but unimaginative. His chief talent lay in being in the right band. He enjoyed drinking and taking drugs, still in the initial … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 3 Comments