Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Molly Fisk: Firmament

Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…

December 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: This Vicious Year

The common belief is the universe
is cold and empty and this speck of dust
is the only game in town. And what have we done
with this mathematically improbable honor?

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Dogsbody to the Muse

Sometimes it’s painful to watch a group of poets trying to work a room as if they were politicians. The AWP conference, as the wag put it, is comprised of 15,000 introverts pretending to be extroverts.

August 25, 2019 · 12 Comments

Video: Skylight — More Than Meets the Eye

This revealing video from the American Museum of Natural History guides us through celestial views at several electromagnetic frequencies, demonstrating how specialised telescopes reach beyond the visible spectrum to help demystify the observable Universe.

April 21, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: What Does the Universe Sound Like? A Musical Tour

. Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it’s often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, … Continue reading

November 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leila A. McNeill: The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

In her 1968 poem, Planetarium, the poet Adrienne Rich wrestles with the crisis of female identity through the lens of astronomy. Rich wrote the poem after learning about the case … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Michelle Thaller — “We Are Dead Stars”

. In this collaboration between The Atlantic and the podcast TRBQ (The Really Big Questions), NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller explains how every atom in the human body – and, indeed, … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: The Moth — Janna Levin “Life on a Möbius Strip”

. In this performance from The Moth, a young astrophysicist tells a story about an improbable love affair and its parallels with her research into black holes and finite mathematics. … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

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