Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Yadvinder Malhi: Observing nature in your backyard is not dull but radically significant

Every decade is warmer than the last, spring is earlier and the weather more erratic. The web of life is shifting and reweaving in complex ways…

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Rainy and Cold Today

The soul is hungry in spring, and there is only the crisp, silent air to feed it.

April 18, 2021 · 3 Comments

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

William Astore: Back to the Future at the Pentagon

‘It hardly occurs to us to question how the Pentagon’s mad military scenarios about near-peer wars could indeed end in nuclear annihilation.’

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Althea Romeo Mark: Sunrise in the Afternoon

I wonder if the crying is one of pain, of boredom or of frustration from being imprisoned in a body that no longer works or obeys her will.

April 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: We’re all waiting here

I smell the earth for the first time as I take a walk, my first in many months of being housebound.

March 28, 2021 · 8 Comments

Jason Irwin: Sickness Will Surely Take the Mind

Maybe it all started with the murder of John Lennon, or the books my mother bought me on JFK and MLK. Whatever the reason, by the time I was thirteen I was a hardened news junkie always looking for a fix.

March 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rachel Hadas: Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages

As we begin to glimpse what might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, what does hope mean? It’s hard not to sense the presence of hope, but how do we think of it?

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: Grace Given As Grace Received

Of all the besetting sins of an increasingly narcissistic age of emptiness and brokenness, the failure to love oneself may be a root sin that is perpetuated down the cycles of the generations.

March 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Keep Andrew Cuomo in Office

If these allegations are true, and we believe it possible, Andrew should be punished but not resign his elected post.

March 18, 2021 · 19 Comments

Michael Simms: The Trojan Women

The slaves in the dark hold of the ship cannot climb out or go back to where things went wrong. There’s no light, no voice of comfort, just chaos and darkness where they have to find their own peace without the kindness of others.

March 14, 2021 · 14 Comments

Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

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