Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Abby Zimet: On Genealogical Glass Houses

. The Racist-In-Chief continues to spout his pitiless rhetoric on immigration – aka don’t want no more brown-skinned people in my wannabe chaste white kingdom – even appropriating the memory … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Holding A Mirror Up To A Shameful Occupation

Ahed Tamimi, the fierce 16-year-old Palestinian girl arrested last month for daring to confront an Israeli soldier who’d allegedly shot her cousin in the head, has been indicted on 12 … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Ho Ho Ho Milk-Breath — On Scowling Whining Little Freeloaders

If you haven’t been paying attention: Republicans have been so gung-ho about stripping health care from millions of people and giving tax cuts to a few monstrously rich people that … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Stomping Into A Bone-Dry Forest With A Naked Flame

Sign of the enraged times. Twitter photo. . It took only hours after Trump’s heedless “act of diplomatic arson” against Palestinian rights and hopes for furious protests to break out … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Abby Zimet: A Lady of the Most Impeccable Taste

In this dark time of too-few heroes, we pay tribute to Juli Briskman, a working 50-year-old single mom to two teenagers in Virginia who was out biking and brooding on … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Miss Peru Beauty Queens Go Rogue

. Talk about resistance in unlikely places. Facing horrific rates of violence against women – the week before, the hashtag #PeruPaisdeVioladores (Peru Country of Rapists) was trending – the contestants … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Man Made Borders On This Earth

Last Wednesday, 31-year-old Alonso Guillén, a Lufkin, Texas Dreamer, construction worker and weekend disc jockey known as DJ Ocho, left work with two friends and a small borrowed boat, driving … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

W.H. Auden: September 1, 1939

“We must love one another or die.” Today, over 75 years later, W.H. Auden’s poem September 1, 1939 resonates more than ever. First published in The New Republic in October … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: What We Do — Jane Austen’s Tenner

On Tuesday’s 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen – 1775-1817 – U.K. officials unveiled their new £10 banknote featuring “the mother of the great tradition of the English … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Sorry, but the bleak news keeps coming. Friday, another white cop got away with another murder of a black man, the third such travesty in about a month. Ray Tensing’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Way Forward

Declaring, “We choose love,” thousands gathered in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night to honor three victims of a savage hate crime on a local train, the pernicious, inexorable dross of … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Black Mamas Bailout Day — Because All Of Us Are Fallen

Citing the tradition of their enslaved ancestors to “free ourselves,” a coalition of 25 grassroots, black-led organizations bought the freedom of about 60 black women jailed around the country for … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: We are a pre-existing condition

Gone is that loathsome sea of smug, suited, doughy, self-righteous, chortling, older white men in the Rose Garden gleefully celebrating the “moral travesty” of passing a billionaires’ tax cut bill … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 1 Comment