Vox Populi

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John Samuel Tieman: I’m Done — A Declaration

Last week, a friend encouraged me to be patient with Trump supporters, to continue to dialogue with them. But how do we dialogue with people who view dialogue itself as … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: “Do Kids Die, Mom?”

Facing the Future With Trepidation in the Age of Trump As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sarah van Gelder: Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Bright as Guilt

Under the shadow of death, I drank my entire language, sucked the bones out of my hands. I drank until my bone marrow pickled and my eyes, their lids, turned … Continue reading

January 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Turn Left Here

What a god-awful year. 2017 has been a year of anguished outrage and quiet condolences, of trying to find a way to cope with the travesty that brought us Donald … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 8 Comments

Paul Christensen: The End of the Year

The days are paper thin at this time of year, like the onion skin my mother wrote her letters on. The hours slip along toward evening, and then evening congeals … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unseen World

To be aware of the wonders of the living planet is to take on an unbearable burden of grief. What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Rush to Judgment

She shuffles up to me on the sidewalk, paper cup in hand. She speaks so softly, I can’t understand what she’s saying. I ask her to repeat it. “I’m homeless. … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 17 Comments

Video: The welder-turned-poet who fell in love with words in a Glasgow shipyard

. ‘Imagine going down into the dirt to find a word that you’re going to elevate up into poetry. That’s mining for me.’ The Scottish poet Robert Fullerton is a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Out With Monstrous Men

Sometimes I wonder what school I went to. I mean, I know perfectly well. I attended a place I never wanted to go: Yale.  But when I was 17 years … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ann Jones: The Fempire Strikes Back

#MeToo First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Deportee

Last week someone in our town ran a stop sign. Well, probably 47 people ran stop signs, but only one resulted in the threat of imminent deportation to the Grand … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Mi Amigo, Bill Salatino, El Montonero

It was always Bill, pronounced Beel, so Argentine, never Guillermo or Memo. Bill was what you imagine when you picture a Latin America revolutionary. Tall. Handsome. Played the guitar. Leftist … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Mike Schneider: Faith, Poetry, and James Baldwin

Prague Writer’s Festival, 2017 .1. America on the Hot Seat A large pleasure it was this November (10th through 16th) to visit Prague (with my friend Jan) as tourists, Americans … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 6 Comments