Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Halloween, Pittsburgh

such tender ghosts with their small hands reaching into bowls and baskets, so much that’s wrapped in shine even in the rain, even after disaster, even as the adults bury … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: What the Murders Teach Us

Antisemitism was the cause, but automatic weapons were the method.  Reactions by Jews and non-Jews to the massacre of 11 people at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh overwhelmed my … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Mike Males: The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous

Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school. . Every day, 42 Americans die in gun … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Leslie McGrath: An Anniversary

(Newtown, CT December 14, 2012) Cue the half-mast flags sagging eleven listless days before Christmas and the entreaties to return to our senses. It takes nearly a month, an advent … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1,541 Comments

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