Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Nina Pick: Radical Orthography

Taking off the Caps Lock It came to me in a dream: Trump with a lower case t. It appeared in a flash as an ingenious solution, a subtle yet … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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

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

Noam Chomsky: Why People Love To Talk About Sports

When I’m driving, I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I’m listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Pablo Neruda: Poetry is Rebellion

I have never known how to be eloquent in my appreciation. The world’s magnitude, knowledge, acknowledgement, the joy of a gift received, smooth as a comet’s passing, all this and … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Barack Obama: What My Mother Taught Me About Love

She sighed, running her hands through her hair. “We were so young, you know. I was younger than you are now. He was only a few years older than that…” … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Spins, Lies, and Fake News

Fake news has been around since news has been around. What’s different now is the assertion that alternate truths exist. For a few months in the early 1980’s my job … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Moth — Janna Levin “Life on a Möbius Strip”

. In this performance from The Moth, a young astrophysicist tells a story about an improbable love affair and its parallels with her research into black holes and finite mathematics. … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Night Visitor

This morning, faced with having to brave the arctic morning air to get to my mailbox on the road below, there were tracks in the still lingering patina of snow … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Greg Thielen: Trump and the Rapture

This holiday season, when the RNC sent out their most thoughtful Christmas message to the Christian contingency of our country, in which the party encouraged them to celebrate their “new … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Moore: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump

It’s been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him. So if your head is still spinning from that mindf***, or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Operation Badger Tooth

Once a year, on December 25, a darkness comes up from the earth into my life. On December 24th, nineteen sixty-seven, a battalion landing team comprised of three infantry companies … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 2 Comments