Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Richard Levine: Day Labor

This is New York, drinking coffee in plain
blue paper cups at dawn. In every tongue,
the dream begins with showing up.

April 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Over the branch of a small cherry,
below the white flurry of blossoms,
someone has looped a maroon sash.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thomas Merton: Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: The Dead Don’t Die | The Poetry of Dmitry Melnikoff

And they lie at the edge of light alone
at the place where snow never hits
Kahlo embraces Diego’s barebone
and they emanate heat.

April 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pablo Miguel Martínez: Adiós, o virgen de Guadalupe—

…urge her back
to her celestial jefe. Go back
where you’re safe, chula.

April 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Good Friday, Fernhill Dump

Standing, a girl-boy, on the junked car in the dump,
some other kids across the dump standing on their cars

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Via Dolorosa

In the coastal Mediterranean city of Málaga, home to one of Holy Week’s most historic and famed celebrations, processions feature massive thrones intricately adorned with Christian imagery.

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: Progressives Welcome Biden’s Slate of Judicial Nominees

The president, said one leading advocate, “is demonstrating his commitment to building a diverse bench of qualified, fair-minded judges with a commitment to equal justice under the law.

April 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Lizard, An Exegesis as Love Letter

So when you woke, there I was in my Sunday best as a funny little guy with a complex tongue and stunted legs who spoke the double truth.

April 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Robin Broad, John Cavanagh: Water is Life. Can We Protect it?

Americans will have to fight hard to protect their water from corporate greed. They can learn a lot from El Salvador.

March 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

Hayden Saunier: A Cartography of Home

My mother was a place. She was the where
from which I rose.

March 31, 2021 · 7 Comments

Abby Zimet: 75-year-old Chinese woman fights back against hate

She says we must not submit to racism, and we must fight to the death if necessary.

March 30, 2021 · 6 Comments

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