Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Rachel Hadas: What do the classics teach us about hope?

How do we weather this welter of bad news? How do we adapt?

September 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: The Music of Being

Hold a hazelnut up to your eyes
as a lens for seeing through,
then wake to a katydid and say its name.

February 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

On Friday, we caught up with poet, blogger, editor and activist Michael Simms at his kitchen table where he was preparing his Saturday morning post for Vox Populi.

February 22, 2020 · 26 Comments

Rachel Carson: The Beauties and Mysteries of the Earth

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.

May 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples

The sun is warm, the sky is clear, The waves are dancing fast and bright, Blue isles and snowy mountains wear The purple noon’s transparent might, The breath of the … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emrys Westacott: The Simple Life

Why less is more — more or less. The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Henry David Thoreau: Simplicity

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail … I find it wholesome to be alone the … Continue reading

September 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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