Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Vox Populi: You are invited

You are invited to attend a reading by some of the most talented poets in the country. The time is 8pmET Tuesday, March 2.

March 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: ‘Dust’ by Dorianne Laux

In this video, Dorianne Laux reads her poem Dust at the 2011 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — Dust Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth. Just … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Jose Padua: Exile from Mayberry

After having returned to Washington I found myself watching television all the time. I’d watch Late Night with David Letterman every night, waiting for him to do one of those … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Bartertown Ball

When I got into Washington my friend Eddie met me at the train station and took me directly to Neal’s. Neal had drafted Eddie to be the master of ceremonies, … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Becoming a Poet

Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a poet, and in the early 80s I began sending my poems out to magazines in the hopes of making the … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: How I Tried To Escape The Sick World Of Poetry

The rules were that you had to give your name and occupation before reciting your first poem. Naturally, I tried to evade this unnecessary formality which to me seemed akin … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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