Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Kate Daniels: Support Group

For a long time, each day was a bad day. Truthfully?  For years, each day was a bad day.   The nights were worse, but she could slide The deadbolt … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tristan Ahtone: How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Molecules

Whether it’s true or not, that all our molecules replace themselves each seven years, his body seems halfway new again, one year into sobriety. I keep my distance now but … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys
Slump in front of tattoo parlors
Scratching their arms.

August 13, 2017 · 22 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

Video: “Nuggets” (a short animated film about addiction)

This short animated film by Andreas Hykade, the Director of the Animation and Visual Effects program at Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, is a fable about addiction. Things start off innocuously, with … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: The Sight of my Neighbor Limping

  The sight of my neighbor limping to his front door in the dim, late-evening light, walking from his truck, down the driveway to the sidewalk, then toward the front … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

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