Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Brenda Butka: Manifesto

Before the revolution, later today, I must admire the chiffon sky, Read a story and the weather report, Feed the fish, find a card for a thank you note. Before … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 5 Comments

Robert Reich: What Must We Do Now?

My friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land. Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: As They Really Were

I want everybody here: The living and the dead. Not the dead as you might think: Rotted and smelling of the grave. Nor even as they were at the end … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathleen B. Jones: What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create “transit zones” … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Azad in Dubai

My son Azad has gone to Dubai With Zhu, one of his artists. I tell him: “Go to Khalifa Tower And see if from its roof You can spot the … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: At the Meetings They Say, “Detach with Love”

When the alcoholic fell before reaching The bed, and pissed his pants before Passing out, and shat himself, and puked Up what was left of lunch, and just lay there … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: In Memoriam

As our wildlife and ecosystems collapse, remembering is a radical act. It felt as disorientating as forgetting my pin number. I stared at the caterpillar, unable to attach a name … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Lattice

. The ‘atomic orderliness’ of crystals forming yield resplendent, microscopic landscapes Although they may look computer-generated, the micro-images created by Maria Ferreira at the Rhode Island School of Design, examine a … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Holy Family Detained By ICE

. With icy horrors still unfolding for thousands of immigrants trapped in an impossible plight – the Reptile-In-Chief’s new edict: Leave with or without your kids – an Indiana church … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Entertaining Strangers

Come to my hospitality table– I will feed you from every pot I will allow you to wear my clothes, my blue kimono, my black hat.   I will call … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future III

In our time, neighbors posted names and addresses of abortion nurses, doctors; names of doctors’ kids, their schools. One website   ran red with animated blood. Doctors died: Gunn, Britton, … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Constance Shehan: How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Julianne Michaels: We Are All Pro-life

There are more than two sides to the abortion debate. We know what anti-abortionists want. It’s one of the things pro-choice people want. Everyone’s heart would prefer no abortions ever. … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment