Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Wesley Wildman: News from Trump Country

These are actual news items.

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Judith Sanders: The Rubber Woman

I have a thousand uses:
crash dummy, sex toy, punching bag, life raft.

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George Yancy: White Journalists Are Still Using the N-Word. This Is an Intolerable Assault on Black Freedom.

Two white journalists have stirred debate over their use of the n-word. Historian Elizabeth Pryor offers her analysis. When I read about the two Black Capitol Police officers who were … Continue reading

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Aidan Rooney: Think Back | Emmelie Prophète

Think back, some day,
to this dismembered city,
its sounds, squalor and dolor.

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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Briar

A friend betrayed me yesterday. I loved him  for his rage, hungers & big flat feet he stomped  . as if he wanted to leave imprints everywhere  he went. I … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: Blurbing Jose

Jose Padua’s poems are the twitch of the tail of the cat stalking the mouse of your unconscious.

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Ellen McGrath Smith: On Being a Late-Night Motion Detector Detector

Two tiny yellow eyes stared back at me from the shadows near the shed. This has happened with my dog and with my cats, but I had never experienced this with a rat.

March 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Kristofer Collins: Vigil

Later still I’ll dream of those four o’clock winds
crashing my body as the late sun wavered
querulously over San Francisco and I’ll tell
myself I loved there, I was loving and loved

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Morgan Marietta, David C. Barker: A less Trumpy version of Trumpism might be the future of the Republican Party

Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party.

March 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Deborah Bogen: Sisters

I’m the last sister standing — but tonight I mean to lie down, to practice being in the box

March 3, 2021 · 6 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: The Mount

the blue-jeaned ass of the one on top
moving up and down, pelvis cramming
noiselessly into the rump of the one
underneath, whose vacant eye
caught mine for an instant as I walked past

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: “Subterranean Lovesick Clues” | Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Poetic Topography of Sex

Emotions wrestle with physicality in the twisted sheets of Erotic.

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

James Joyce: Thus the Unfacts

Someday duly, oneday truly, twosday newly, till whensday.

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

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

Jack Gillum, Justin Elliot: Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company’s Business

Amid a 2018 Turkish military campaign, Facebook ultimately sided with Turkey’s demand to block the page of a mostly Kurdish militia. “I am fine with this,” Sandberg wrote.

March 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Be Quiet

The secret police
wore shirts that said “secret police,”
which makes one wonder.

March 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

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