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Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Taison Bell, M.D.: Stop Playing Politics With People’s Lives

When people ask me what kind of physician I am, I simply say, “I’m the kind you hope to never have to meet.” I’m an intensivist, which means I deliver … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Janelle Jones: Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About

On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African-Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him into office. Exit polls showed that we … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Without Diplomas

They failed angelic studies and thus wandered the back streets of heaven. You can find them hanging out in Rumi’s Tavern: not sad, they bear the stain of human life … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nadia Prupis: US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in ‘Unprecedented Show of Disrespect’

ACLU had planned to drill officials on immigration, DAPL, and Muslim ban, but representatives from various departments never showed. The U.S. failed to show up to a human rights hearing … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us”

. Jane Hirshfield reads her poem “For What Binds Us.” Part of the Poetry Everywhere project airing on public television. Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: A Nowruz Card to Evin Prison

Aha! That’s the one I want: A simple Nowruz* card With raised and golden margins, The design of a narcissus flower, The scent of Georgian biscuits And “May spring be … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Caring for the Common Good Wins. Norway Ranks World’s Happiest Country

In U.S., happiness is falling and Republican priorities stand to make it worse. Norway now holds the title of the world’s happiest country, according to a new report that also … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: New Poll Says Most Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate President’

Most young Americans see President Donald Trump as illegitimate, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: Dear Lady Justice

Dear Lady Justice,   You are here without a summons. Voices insist you be taken   upstairs to crowds waiting to watch you, hear you proclaim   their imperative. Refuse, … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Gregory: Two More Maryvale Kids

Two more Maryvale kids dead of leukemia. In Tucson they’re trying to suck the TCE down to “acceptable” levels. In Kingman it’s poison gas plants. In the San Pedro, nitrates … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Todd Gitlin: Frightbart

The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point. The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Andrea Gibson — Say Yes

. Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1999. Gibson’s poetry focuses on gender norms, … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Justin Vicari: Shackles

Long ago, they were heavy and clanged everywhere. Some people claimed not to see or hear them. These people were mad, and they made their shackles heavier. Now and then … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment