Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Kevin A. Young: History Shows That Sustained Disruptive Protests Work

Electoral campaigns require a majority of voters. Non-electoral strategies do not.

July 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Lost, Departed, Late

In the Serengeti four elephants rest without heads,
bodies rising like boulders from the plain…

July 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Shefali Sharma: Public Money to Plunder the Planet|Development Banks Fund Big Meat and Dairy

The goal should be climate resilience and mitigation that helps empower local communities, indigenous peoples and workers while diminishing market power of oligopolies in agribusiness that drives social and environmental standards towards a race to the bottom.

July 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

José Alcantara: Countertop

The granite comes all the way from India,
but when I look closely, I see nebulae.

July 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lauren Camp: Leather World, This Bird, This Sky

I came here from temporary
and perpetual rages—the whole sky
of wind. Secret birds
take the ruin of garden.

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg: Sunflower Sutra

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

July 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 13 Comments

Miriam Levine: Surfer at Wellfleet

It’s freezing
in the afterglow when he finally rises on his one long ride home.

July 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Ayishat Akanbi | The Problem with Wokeness

Ayishat Akanbi considers the radical power of kindness, the limits of identity, the gendered nature of image, and how to transcend the superficial to form meaningful connections.

July 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: Rain-Father of Narcissism & the Inner Tyrant

Remembering Tony Hoagland (1953-2018)

July 24, 2020 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Then They Came For the Drummers, Chanters, Chalk Artists, Trash Pickers, Balloon Carriers, Bike-Helmeted Moms and Naked Athena

We now have the grossly under-reported spectacle of unnamed, unbadged, unaccountable hoodlums in camo combat gear and unmarked vans wildly tear-gassing and pepper-balling engaged citizens, city officials, medics, media…

July 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gary Margolis: I was Living in a Poem

Lines so plain I didn’t know, at first,
I was living in a poem.

July 23, 2020 · 5 Comments

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