Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Video: A Night at the Garden

. What would American fascism look like? A 1939 New York rally offered more than a hint ‘We, with American ideals, demand that our government shall be returned to the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Republicans are repeating the most serious mistakes in our history

Slashing taxes on the wealthy and cutting services to children, the poor and the aged. Cutting back on immigration and deporting the 800,000 dreamers. Shaping government policy to promote fossil … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Take Your Tiny Fingers Off the Button, Trump

Nuclear Nightmares Past and Present Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Ezzat’s Last Will

The Will Room in Evin Prison Has two ways out. Alas! One cannot take both. Thus, she writes that life Is beautiful and desirable And puts down the date of … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mohamedou Ould Slahi: My Guantánamo Diary, Uncensored

“Who I am now, thanks to my lawyers, my family and friends, my publishers, and my readers, is a free man.” If I wanted to, I could put my pen … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fred Rogers: On Strength, Love, and Heroism

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nahal Amouzadeh: 3 Things America Doesn’t Want To Tell You About White Terrorism

I was 6 years old when 9/11 happened. I don’t remember a lot. I don’t remember what the news was reporting. I don’t even remember how or if my parents … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Strange Angels

  the burnt torso of a monk an enemy monk tonight a cigarette glows in the dark and is crushed . I’ve been asked to teach a course in American … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The dirty poet: i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work

the future i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work a mobile linen cart rolls up to me and intones approaching elevator, please stand aside i’m not moving a … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jon Tribble: War

Red maple, sweetgum slashed and torn out by the roots so we could build a jungle underneath the pines, so our camouflage would blend us with crows’ panic, with honeysuckle … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The End of Empire

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment