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Video: My Journey from Marine to Actor — Adam Driver

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez’s “I am not Batman” by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson.

November 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

José Emilio Pacheco: High Treason

I’d die
for ten places,
a few folks,
ports, forests, deserts, forts,
a broken city, gray, monstrous

September 18, 2020 · 7 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: In Praise of Rage

So here’s what this old white history teacher learned
from Kelvin and the Black kids in the ghetto school.

June 11, 2020 · 11 Comments

Jamie Rowan: Memorial Day | Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

An estimated 45,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and 181,500 veterans are in prison or jail.

May 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Pablo Neruda: The Riddles

You have asked me what the crustacean spins between its limbs of gold
and I answer: the sea knows it.

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Federico García Lorca: Weeping for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías

García Lorca’s “Weeping for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías” is by far his best known poem in the Spanish speaking world. Why is it not better known in the United States?

May 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

W.D. Ehrhart: The Farmer

A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.

April 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Corona's Jaws: An Anthology of Poetry

Poems by Cynthia Atkins, Jose Alcantara, Judith Alexander Brice, Michael T. Young, Sydney Lea, Charlie Brice, John Samuel Tieman, and Adrian Rice.

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: To My Fellow Socialists, And To Those We Scare

Bernie Sanders may well be nominated to be the next President Of The United States. This has engendered a flurry of hair-on-fire commentaries and editorials. I would like to inject a small note of calm and caution.

March 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Self-portrait with folks in St. Louis

still I recall the rains in the islands
the cold in Mexico and how
I imagined my mother standing
on the porch looking south

February 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views. Here is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema.

December 26, 2019 · 8 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Thank you for your service

At the gym the other day, a few of us old veterans were talking among ourselves. The subject drifted to how tired we are of that “Thank you for your … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · 29 Comments

César Vallejo: Black Stone on a White Stone

I will die in Paris on a rainy day,
a day I can already remember.

November 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Great Again

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult
to record. The 6 o’clock news ended
with the usual uplifting bit, a disabled
veteran got a medal….

October 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

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