Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Doug Anderson: Anonymous from the Han Dynasty

What a relief to sit by the waterfall
and let my mind go like this, each thought
a bubble rising from the bottom of a pond

November 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jane Ganahl, et al: Elder Women Speak about the Virus

Women over 60 share their coronavirus stories—from becoming a grandmother to dancing in the street.

May 3, 2020 · 6 Comments

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Zoosk | The Pandemic

We stay put, apart,
constant in longing. And that is all
fine, my friends, except the dying
part. Death all around love’s
little sprouting head.

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: On My Walk to the Hospital, Death

Death in the fog, all silver
& grisaille as it wreathes
& muffles children in the park.

March 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Connie Post: How to Sort the Living from the Dead

Forget all the nonsense
about eyes opened or closed
or breathing
or brain waves

February 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Good Morning

Across the street, Ginkgo
sway in the breeze
like a gospel choir.

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lynn Freehill-Maye, Phillip Pantuso: Return to Nature

Green burials go beyond not polluting or wasting. It’s about people needing and caring for land, conducting life-affirming activities there—including death.

September 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sarah Chavez: The Story of Death Is the Story of Women

It is clear that our society’s current denial of death is not working. What would our culture look like if we instead met the most mysterious, painful, and transformational aspect of our lives with compassion and clarity?

September 5, 2019 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Death

Death is sitting at the foot of my bed. “Get up,” she says. “The sun is out and the horses are waiting for grain. Besides, love will blindside you again … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

Alice Friman: All for the Love of You      

On the day Daisy just plain died, Kenneth Haydon of Benton “left earth to shake hands with Jesus” and La’Kesha Walker, youngest of six, “passed through the gates of Heaven.” … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Memphis, 1970

Came home from that war trailing death like ground fog. Wandered summers, did trim carpentry in Texas, bartending, landed in Memphis working for a marble mill where with old Thomas … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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