Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Sonali Kolhatkar: Beyond Cancel Culture | How to Hold Each Other Accountable—With Love

‘We can’t go around punishing people in the present for the trauma that was inflicted on us in the past.’

September 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

Edison Jennings: The Cats of Rome

The cats of Rome sleep, feed, and breed
among the tumbled travertine, and slip,
tails high, across the flag draped avenues.

September 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thomas W. Fraser: Overcoming Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘three evils of society’

We can still bend the arc of history through a ceaseless pursuit of beloved community.

September 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: On These Passing Hours of Butterflies and Dangerous Living

In my darker hours I like to imagine a knitting club
where no one is allowed to smile.

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

David Orr: Letting the World Burn | The Question of Governance

The primary cause of the worsening situation is not the combustion of fossil fuels, but the massive political dereliction that has allowed the bonfire to go on after we knew that it posed a potentially lethal threat to humankind.

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Autumnal Equinox

It seemed like 
everyone I knew had something 
precious to give away

September 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wangechi Mutu: A Necessary Madness

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Carl Jung: The Rainmaker

There was a drought in a village in China. They sent for a rainmaker who was known to live in the farthest corner of the country, far away.

September 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Lindsay Koshgarian: $21 trillion spent by US on war since 9/11

For just a fraction of what we’ve spent on militarization these last 20 years, we could start to make life much better.

September 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: Environmental Threats Rapidly Becoming ‘Single Greatest Challenge to Human Rights’ according to UN

“Governments’ failure to act on climate change in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest intergenerational human rights violation in history.” —Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International

September 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Edison Jennings: The Klansman

An uncle of mine was in the Klan,
but I was never told his name
because the Klan was trashy

September 9, 2021 · 4 Comments

Haya El-Refai: Laya’s first Eid

When war comes, it steals everything: souls, memories, homes, happiness, love and safety. Instead, it brings fear, blood, death, darkness and terror.

September 9, 2021 · 10 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of the Roman… Whoops!… American Empire

What Really Matters in the U.S. of A.

September 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Lindsey Royce: Purification And All That Fuckery

My hovel, my mess—surfaces like baseball mounds, my pubic mound—books papers piled, my checkbook math, an epic fail—cleanliness, godliness—washing the carpet, the body—a good Catholic girl I was scared of … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

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