Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Danusha Laméris: Fictional Characters

Do they ever want to escape? Climb out of the white pages and enter our world? Holden Caulfield slipping in the movie theater to catch the two o’clock Anna Karenina … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Feral

. A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip W. Scher: The education of Ursula Le Guin

On Jan. 22, Ursula K. Le Guin died in Portland, Oregon. Since then, much has been written memorializing her genre-defying body of work, her contributions to feminism and science fiction, … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Young: The Gun Gospels

I Litany   Let the congregation reply— raise your hands, cry and plead as we praise the holy names: Bushmaster, Smith & Wesson, Hi-Point, Remington.   But you misunderstand this … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: On a Columnar Self

On a Columnar Self— How ample to rely In Tumult—or Extremity— How good the Certainty That Lever cannot pry— And Wedge cannot divide Conviction—That Granitic Base— Though None be on … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Col. John Stapp, Fastest Man in the World

What saved me were those years in Alamogordo when I was nine & ten, unfettered, unsupervised, so I could build wooden carts, play with bows   & arrows, roam empty … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mike James: This Life

. This Life Yesterday a half-built mansion. Open to rain, racoons, and a few young, stray vandals. Today a hunter’s shack, cold in the woods, where shadows gather around a … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lindsey Royce: No Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

You opted for the straight fuck, lust with no intimacy & mind-game mystery, even though you tried to please.   I loved dearly the illusion you were, mannish boy as … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: The donnée as entry to the temple

A crucial point in the making of some poems, especially long ones, arrives when the poet must decide whether to push through a kind of caesura in the process. That’s the … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Theodore Roethke — In a Dark Time

. In this 1964 portrait directed by David Myers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet recites a few of his poems and talks about the sources of poetry and his approach to … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video — Falling Lessons: Erasure One, a poem by Beth Copeland

. Director Anh Vu, working with the organization Motionpoems, created this video of Beth Copeland’s poem which interweaves images of the natural world with books, papers and other evidence of … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Poem

I can’t help but write it, get up in the morning and there it is. Useless, worth nothing on the market. No piece of oil field technology, nor can it … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Romero: Blue Willow

Cooking was something I learned to do well. This was a chicken roasted golden; I carved the leg and thigh huddled like a plump comma. The fork slipped. The piece … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks

When I was a boy on a Utah farm, I listened to Chicago blues and dreamed of the city’s big shoulders and wide arms and the roads leading up from … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment