Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

S. B. Merrow: Reading Half-Earth

E.O.Wilson says we already know
what happens to elephants—to us—

when families are broken, when
matriarchs and memories are lost.

November 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Who Will Tell Them?

Goodbye elephant bird
Who frightened Sinbad.
Goodbye wigeon,
Curleau, lapwing, crake.
Goodbye mascarene coot.
Sorry we never had a chance to meet.

November 9, 2019 · 11 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: On the Precipice

In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: I stand beneath the mountain with an illiterate heart

The darkness of my sacred ignorance enlightens me.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alex Kirby: Humans Drive Sixth Mass Extinction — UN Report

About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion.

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Vaquitas

The number of vaquitas left was around 30 in early 2019. — . Today, news about small dolphins: Only sixty vaquitas left. Two years back, they numbered some one hundred “individuals,” living  … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Vincent Spina: Passengers

So what you are saying is that we exist? There are crumbs of evidence: along a fossil seashore a pair of footprints buried in ashes to be discovered, sized up … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Frida Berrigan: The Cheetah in Us All

A mother thinks about the inheritance of children. “I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom.” Seamus loves cheetahs and what’s not to love — unless you … Continue reading

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

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