Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Donald Trump: I Hear America Tweeting

I hear America tweeting, the varied tweets I hear, Those of mechanics I never paid, each one tweeting as if I paid them and each one voting for me, The … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Truth and Falsehood

I read in Egyption papyruses That Truth and Falsehood were brothers. One day Truth borrowed Falsehood’s dagger But lost it by misfortune. Falsehood took the case to court, Claimed the … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Jackson Berry: The Body Button

for my sister, Julia   I have no way of knowing how many times she’s hit her body button— it’s how she calls for help when the patient’s fists are … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Dress — a visual poem about the body

. This short video produced by the Paris-based media company Saint Louis is a visual poem about the elements that go into imagining the body. According to its website, Saint Louis “uses … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Muse

As a musician, he was solid and reliable, but unimaginative. His chief talent lay in being in the right band. He enjoyed drinking and taking drugs, still in the initial … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Frederick Douglass: If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress (1857)

On August 3, 1857, Frederick Douglass delivered a “West India Emancipation” speech at Canandaigua, New York, on the twenty-third anniversary of the event. Most of the address was a history … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: A Winter Impulse

Two waxwings at the suet cake. One pecks, the other picks what falls. It takes a winter impulse: work together to get through. What if it had been that way … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kuno Raeber: So You Exist…

LAKE If the wind, when the wall of clouds pushed this way, hadn’t suddenly stopped, the leaves wouldn’t be swimming so quietly now, the branches wouldn’t be hanging, rusty hooks, … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: In the Post-Truth World

the game of truth or consequences has no consequence. What does it matter if insurance agents quote Thoreau? The mass of men still lead lives of quiet desperation. Guns are … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: In the Library, Golden West College, Thursday, 2:15pm

You are sitting at the Tutoring Desk And waiting for your next appointment to arrive, When you notice one of your literature students, A good-natured, Enthusiastically intelligent young man who … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Ted Kooser is My President

When I travel abroad, I will invoke Ted’s poems at checkpoints: yes, barns, yes, memory, gentility, the quiet little wind among stones. If they ask, You are American? I will … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Kayla Sargeson: In this place

At 7:30 am the sun’s already hot on my bare back. East Carson’s nearly empty. I want to say “my East Carson,” but I’ve learned not to claim what’s not … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: “Packard — The Last Shift” featuring Philip Levine

. The Packard Motor Car Company and its 5-million square foot plant became a symbol of the American Dream in the heart of the Motor City. Packard left town in … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip Terman: The Day After The Inauguration, I Read Some Japanese Poetry

I turn away from the news To the open book of Musō Soseki Where he writes that inside his heart He keeps three thousand prancing horses. The heater comes on … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 6 Comments