Vox Populi

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John Samuel Tieman: Manifest

Downtown there’s this place across from the Old Courthouse just up from the river a fashionable hotel where the best folks disappear into the evening that’s where the slave pen … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lewis Turco: Miss Pussy’s Parlor Songs

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall. Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. He climbed up his wall and fell down again And again, and again, and again, and again. . … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Speech

Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961 Listen to the swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural speech Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Johnny Cash — Folsom Prison Blues

. Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison in 1968. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to listen to the audio. . Folsom Prison Blues I hear … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Relatively Free

. Journalist and activist Barrett Brown is released from prison after four years. On his drive across Texas to a halfway house, he discusses his extraordinary case and considers what … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fran Korten: The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?

Many of us have never had our courage or convictions challenged in frightening ways. That may change. The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Live Myth

I would believe in the unicorn if it stood heaving and slathered, snapping flies off its flank with its tail. It does not smell of sweat and stable, does not … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Greg Thielen: Really… There is Hope

As our country’s day of mourning approaches on January 20th and, even though each day brings more troublesome news regarding his dealings, I am not so much concerned about the … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Anonymous: Wynter Wakeneth Al My Care

Here is a lovely winter lyric (c. 1310) in its original Middle English spelling, followed by a modern English paraphrase. Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: Journalism, Poetry, and Truth

Dawn broke Nov. 9th on a new global reality. Donald Trump, in spite of almost universal predictions to the contrary, will have his notoriously small hands on the red telephone. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kayla Sargeson: Keeping my Dick in My Pants

I’m inside the Atwood Street Mini Mart, staring at the selection of fudge pops in the cooler when a guy walks up, bends down to my ear says “I live … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Don’t Lie Down

There will always be bigots who insist on denying the rights of others not like them, and those driven by greed who only want to take, to consume and devour … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Cynicism of the Republican Congress

There might be some possibility of convincing Donald Trump and the Republicans not to build a wall along the Mexican border if they sincerely felt threatened by an invasion of … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment