Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

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

Ellery Akers: Before the Inauguaration

I go out and apologize to the leaves. I’m sorry, I say. I love the way you shake in the wind. The way you uncrinkle in the spring. I wish … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 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

Arlene and the Arlettes: Bad Boyfriend

A Song for America to be sung in the style of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. . Oh girlfriend, I could have told you he’s a Bad boyfriend I don’t … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Toi Derricotte reads “Blackbottom”

. Toi Derricotte reads her poem “Blackbottom” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. . Blackbottom … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Manifest

Downtown there’s this place across from the Old Courthouse just up from the river a fashionable hotel where the best folks disappear into the evening that’s where the slave pen … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lewis Turco: Miss Pussy’s Parlor Songs

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall. Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. He climbed up his wall and fell down again And again, and again, and again, and again. . … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Speech

Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961 Listen to the swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural speech Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Johnny Cash — Folsom Prison Blues

. Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison in 1968. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to listen to the audio. . Folsom Prison Blues I hear … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Live Myth

I would believe in the unicorn if it stood heaving and slathered, snapping flies off its flank with its tail. It does not smell of sweat and stable, does not … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Anonymous: Wynter Wakeneth Al My Care

Here is a lovely winter lyric (c. 1310) in its original Middle English spelling, followed by a modern English paraphrase. Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: Journalism, Poetry, and Truth

Dawn broke Nov. 9th on a new global reality. Donald Trump, in spite of almost universal predictions to the contrary, will have his notoriously small hands on the red telephone. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kayla Sargeson: Keeping my Dick in My Pants

I’m inside the Atwood Street Mini Mart, staring at the selection of fudge pops in the cooler when a guy walks up, bends down to my ear says “I live … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment