Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Christine Skarbek: Oh, Poland!

My buddy Yolanta invited me over to Park Café to listen to this wizard on the piano, a 17-yr old skinny fellow. I cannot tell you how thin this character was or, for that matter, how long and tapered his fingers and what a master he was at the ivories.

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chauncey K. Robinson: In defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar

The attacks on Rep. Ilan Omar by President Donald Trump are racist and meant to excite his base for the 2020 elections, but they are also a reaction to the rising power of the resistance movement.

July 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Annette Joseph-Gabriel: Hate heaped on black heroines of the French Resistance would look familiar to AOC and Rashida Tlaib

Black French women played important and often overlooked roles in the French Resistance. They served as spies, nurses and clandestine couriers.

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: al imam

. Despite controversy and threats, Muslim singer/songwriter turned spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice through activism and a progressive practice of Islam. As one of the world’s … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Nate Terani: Being Demonized in Your Own Country

Already Hell Enough for This Muslim-American Understand this: I’m an American veteran. I’m also a Muslim-American in a country in which, in these years, that hasn’t exactly been the happiest … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Dhayaa’

In my language the word for loss is a wide-open cry, a gaping endless possibility. In English loss sounds to me like one shuddering blow to the heart, all sorrow … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: The Electrical Engineer

He could make a radio out of anything You’d come home and he’d have put one together out of the parts of that old Defunct television set that died one … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

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