Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Scent of Geranium

. There’s no denying that we’re living in a defining cultural moment. A war of ideas is taking place on many fronts and fundamental principles once considered secure are being … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Spider Web

There are stories that unwind themselves as simply as a ball of string. A man is on a plane between New York and Denver. He sees his life as moving … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: A Measure

When there had to be a gift through rubble to tell the children not to continue on that killer path and there was a little kindness it was a little … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Burning

for Margaret Bashaar   You are reciting poems as the Braddock Avenue trees litter pink buds all over, or perhaps you are dreaming. These million floating poems carry your full … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Ades: Fairy Tale

Once there was a room, a house. Once there was a family, all threaded lives, there were books and learning,   photographs, happy memories. Once there was a path, a … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels — The Addict’s Mother: Birth Story

She wasn’t watching when they cut him Out.  C-section, you know.  Green drape Obscuring the mound of ripened belly They extracted him from.  He spilled Out squalling, already starving.  Still … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

A.E. Housman: “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now”

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Michelle Thaller — “We Are Dead Stars”

. In this collaboration between The Atlantic and the podcast TRBQ (The Really Big Questions), NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller explains how every atom in the human body – and, indeed, … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Boat

Give me the humility of the physicist who knows how little we know of anything. Four percent is measurable and we don’t know the meaning of even that. All this … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

Michael T. Young: Reading for Pleasure

I sometimes — no, often — have to say things out loud to understand them because that voice in my head doesn’t sound like me, doesn’t know that words have … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Gibb: Home Scrap Project — Unemployed Steel Worker, 1987-1988

for Ramon Elouza . Close-ups in an eye-level lineup, His photographed faces hung on their wall, Each behind lines of writing,   well I lost my job my wife and … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chana Bloch: The Messiah of Harvard Square

Every year some students would claim to be the Messiah, It was the rabbi who had to deal with them. He had jumped, years ago, from a moving boxcar on … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment