Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

William Wordsworth: Lines Written in Early Spring

Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

May 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: Gas Station

The Indian woman behind the counter
is reading The Upanishads when I enter.
The radio is playing a French chanson.
The photograph on the wall to my left
features John F. Kennedy…

May 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Bhikshuni Mettika: Just in Case

The mountain went on holding me. Then it let me go.

April 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: How-to for Older Age

you won’t know that squall in the soul
as when you pondered your place in the world.
Whatever that was, now is.

April 29, 2021 · 5 Comments

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Wake Up Love

Love sleeps nude and unashamed,
a glass of water near to quell the fires
we mistake for love, a blanket to wrap
the broken who come to her bed alone.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Vandana Shiva: Reclaiming Our Common Home

Expand the commons to include everything we need.

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: The Miracle of Birth

As they joylessly wait for reassignment,
they dangle their feet into the blue abyss at the brink
of heaven like boys on a wall bumping their sneakers
on the bricks below.

April 25, 2021 · 3 Comments

Chard deNiord: “We Will Not Give Up on Each Other”: A Conversation with Major Jackson

We are living in an age of absurdity, but I am casting for wider seas.

April 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” – Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13, as Moses directs the Israelites to appoint officials who will govern justly.

April 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: The Last Honey Hunter

A sacred dream sends one man on the perilous trail of toxic honey in Nepal.

April 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 16 Comments

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

William Hathaway: The Quiet of the Sky

Quietly, though. The sort of view
people look at and say awesome
while taking pictures of their faces
with their phones with nature scenes
behind them…

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

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