Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Andrena Zawinski: Rafts

Sun spills silver stars of light along rippling summer waves. A string of pelicans wing the horizon, light in flight for all their heft.   Children squeal and squirm inside … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved. Palestinians rush to the border fence with … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Robert C. Koehler: Let the Prayer Continue

Let sanity — please, oh Lord — prevail, and the re-empowered voices of war and dominance return to shame and silence. Rev. Patrick Conroy, the chaplain of the House of … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Lost Time

In “my dream about time,” the poet Lucille Clifton writes of “a woman unlike myself” who “is running down the long hall of a lifeless house.” I am fifty-two years … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sam Haselby: These should be the end times for American patriotism

Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There’s neither compulsory military … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Hilary Wainwright: The spirit of 1968 is inextinguishable – even 50 years later

This rebellious era shaped radical activists – and aggressive capitalists. What can we learn from 1968, for democratic change today? Indignados protest, 2011. Photo: Fotomovimiento/Flickr. CC-BY-2.0.  . Capitalist adventurer Richard Branson … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Adam Johnson: 10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns

. For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there’s no better outlet than long-time echo chamber … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Resist, My People, Resist Them — Poetry Is Not A Crime, Except For Palestinians

   Tatour in court with her attorney. Reuters photo . After what critics called “a hollow charade of a trial” and “theater of the absurd,” an Israeli court Thursday convicted … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: One night I will return to my birthplace

One night I will return to my birthplace to stand on my rooftop and pick stars. Father will say, ‘Look, There! Don’t you see the Seven Brothers?’ I will stretch … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Eight Notes on the Rain   

Kien waited for death, calmly recognizing             that it would be ugly and inelegant. -Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War   1 spring rain, like ether, daubs down memory, mutes … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future II

In our time, war seemed perpetual, an economic fact: pay to build a bomb, blow it up, pay to build another bomb, repeat, repeat, repeat. We stopped asking people of … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Unveils Agenda to Combat Poverty, Racism, and Militarism

“The Democrats talk about the middle class. The Republicans talk about the military. No one’s talking about the poor.” — Reverend William Barber . In the spirit of Dr. Martin … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment