Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Rick Campbell: English House Sparrows in the Consol Energy Center

The House Sparrow–Old World import, the first Brooklyn birds captured, purchased, transported in cages–we ignored till they overran natives, ravaged crops, windowsills, and eventually, hockey arenas.

March 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rick Campbell: The God Particle

This god particle, if found, might provide light
and warmth, or another weapon capable
of ending time as we know it and sending us
into the dark where even a God can’t save us.

January 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rick Campbell: James Dickey Said

In a Laramie bar
by the railroad tracks
our band played nights
under a sky wide and high,
stars shining like a score

December 15, 2020 · 5 Comments

Jason Irwin: Smoke Rising

Back then to see dark clouds of smoke
rising above the housetops meant that God, in his wisdom and mercy,
was still on our side.

February 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kristofer Collins: A Poem for Michael Wurster

The only connection I felt to the mills
was to the children of a generation of flayed men
on unemployment, the storefronts boarded…

November 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lynn Freehill-Maye, Phillip Pantuso: Return to Nature

Green burials go beyond not polluting or wasting. It’s about people needing and caring for land, conducting life-affirming activities there—including death.

September 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rick Campbell: My Uncle’s Hunting Trailer

I don’t remember
pulling the trigger, but the pistol kicked hard,
the air exploded; I missed the can.

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rick Campbell: Heart of Dependent Arising

She’s rolled into surgery
and as the drugs wash over her
she tries to remember her
Medicine Buddha meditation.

May 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rick Campbell: Elegy in a Small Town Churchyard

There are many born again or dreaming of it, another lot wishing their frailty would end. What   if I were smitten today under this dogwood tree, moss dangling in … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

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