Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Daniel R. Cobb: Vice President Michael Pence, Mr. Clean

Michael Pence reminds me of the character Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption, who swims through a river of shit and comes out the end of the pipe, squeaky clean.  Except … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Susan Sailer: In Welch

I’m trying to reach Superior, pull in to an old gas station in southern West Virginia. In the office a man sits on a high stool.   I ask him … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Isaiah J. Poole: A Newly Elected Democratic Socialist On How to Win in Trump Country

“I’d like to think of myself as ordinary,” says Ross Grooters as he describes his life in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, an eastern suburb of Des Moines. But then he corrects … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Borosage: It’s Time To Change More Than Trump

Every day, the media feasts on Trump’s lurid antics. Don’t fall for it. He’s a distraction, the clown show. And while he’s barking outside the big top, the GOP is … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: End of the Day

Let’s say I’m someone. Let’s say I’m empty as a pitcher, Discordant as traffic, human as an alley cat, Stiff-legged and torn-eared.   Let’s say you’re someone. Let’s say you … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Richard St. John: December, New Millennium

So warm, the hedges almost bloom, though the jagged skeletons of fake, electric icicles are twined along a front-yard chain-link fence. In the windows, faded Steelers signs, tribal gear still … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bernice Yeung: The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

Another day, another startling story about sexual harassment, or worse. The reality is that every day, about 50 people experience extreme sexual harassment when they are sexually assaulted or raped on the … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: An Amish Man

. This short lyrical film offers a rare glimpse into modern Amish life. Originally Swiss Anabaptists, the Amish are a fellowship of Christians who live in small communities in the … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Eric Holthaus: Ice Apocalypse

Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. . In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Immeasurable Creepiness of Roy Moore

Because it’s not bad enough he’s reportedly leading in the polls in Alabama, where we’re pretty sure we don’t want to live, and he’s a God-spouting bigot who fetishizes the … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jon Tribble: Missionary Barrel

for my father   Like a loose plank on a flatbed Ford skittering and shimmying the bolt free, your life has shaken out the cotton fields in Limestone County, the … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Deportee

Last week someone in our town ran a stop sign. Well, probably 47 people ran stop signs, but only one resulted in the threat of imminent deportation to the Grand … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Mi Amigo, Bill Salatino, El Montonero

It was always Bill, pronounced Beel, so Argentine, never Guillermo or Memo. Bill was what you imagine when you picture a Latin America revolutionary. Tall. Handsome. Played the guitar. Leftist … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mike Schneider: Faith, Poetry, and James Baldwin

Prague Writer’s Festival, 2017 .1. America on the Hot Seat A large pleasure it was this November (10th through 16th) to visit Prague (with my friend Jan) as tourists, Americans … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 6 Comments