Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Lola Ridge: The Dream

But the day is an up-turned cup
and its sun a junk of red iron
guttering in sluggish-green water

May 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Purity and Politics

We live in an age of tarnished idols. Picasso was a womanizer, drunk with his own success, having been born into the pivotal moment of modernism and thus achieving more … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Mary Borden’s The Forbidden Zone, a near-forgotten masterpiece

Recently, PBS aired a documentary marking the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. Almost in passing, a memoir by Mary Borden who founded a hospital and served as … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

H.D: Evening

The light passes from ridge to ridge, from flower to flower— the hepaticas, wide-spread under the light grow faint— the petals reach inward, the blue tips bend toward the bluer … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: The donnée as entry to the temple

A crucial point in the making of some poems, especially long ones, arrives when the poet must decide whether to push through a kind of caesura in the process. That’s the … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Charlotte Mew: May 1915

Let us remember Spring will come again To the scorched, blackened woods, where the wounded trees Wait with their old wise patience for the heavenly rain, Sure of the sky: … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Prophecy and Poetry

In 1800, it was possible to imagine what might be turning Europe into a new direction, away from the lingering powers of medieval institutions like the monarchy, the Catholic Church, … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sam Hamill: Old Bones

I. All the quiet afternoon splitting wood, thinking about books, I remembered Snyder making a handle for an ax as he remembered Ezra Pound thirty years before, thinking about Lu … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 7 Comments

Jose Padua: The Complete Failure of Everything

We got there right before the guy who ran the slam started coming around with the sign up sheet, and as he walked by I said to him, “I’ll try … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

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