Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Adrie Kusserow: Bus Station, Kampala, Uganda

For Willem, age 3 . We are lost. . Holding you tight, the drunks pawing me . as I weave through the stalls sticky with beer and urine . looking … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jay Carson: Luminary

Just in case you think I got screwed up only recently, let me tell you about the fire: My wife in those days was a candle maker as well as … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ashoka Mukpo: ‘When I Saw Her I Felt My Soul Ache’

An Immigrant Father Is Reunited With His Four-Year-Old Daughter After Nearly 10 Months Apart. Caught at the Border On the day last December when Ricardo and his daughter Luna crossed … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Medieval Martha Stewart

. A documentary by Taylor Hawkins. Damaged by childhood abuse, PTSD, and chronic loneliness, Iraq war veteran Josh Brock has turned his anger and sorrow into a personal ethos of … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Cross My Heart

  . An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Six poems tracing an arc of forgiveness with real world examples

. My brother who is dying of cancer   My brother who is dying of cancer Tells me the time has come To forgive our father because It’s not about … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 29 Comments

Stephanie Van Hook: Why Mister Rogers Is the Role Model We Need Right Now

The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media. Rogers says that in times of “scary news,” of tragedy and disaster, his mother taught … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The long-term effects of separating children from their parents

The real tragedy of separating children from their parents will come years from now when the kids suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These past few days, I’ve been feeling a … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: The Story of Benjamin

Early July, ninety degrees in the shade and me in the crook of my mother’s arms. She has her movie star sunglasses on, purple cat-eye glasses with iris-tinted lenses.      … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah Bilston: Breaking Up Families? America Looks Like a Dickens Novel

It’s 2018, but it sure feels like 1834.  ‘Please sir, may I have some more?’ James Mahoney’s illustration for chapter one of Dickens’s ‘Adventures of Oliver Twist.’ (Image: Public domain) … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

Rev. Dr. Charles N. Davidson: A Summons to a Nationwide Citizens’ Mobilization to Free and Unite Migrant and Refugee Children and Families

The crucial moment has arrived amid the immigration crisis inflaming the nation—the time for citizens from cities, townships, and hamlets across the land to answer the clarion call to take … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

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