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Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views.  Below is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema. I’ve also listed in each category a couple of “Editor’s Choices,” that is, personal favorites of mine. To go to a post, simply click on the title.


  1. Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses
  2. Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu
  3. Adrie Kusserow: A Brief Respite after Chemo
  4. Stephen Dobyns: Winter in Santiago
  5. Danusha Laméris: Bonfire Opera

Editor’s Choices: 

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

Sandy Solomon: Sophie Scholl from diary, letters, pamphlets

Personal Essays

  1. Michael Simms: On the Spectrum with Garrison Keillor
  2. Anne Lamott: Notes on Hope
  3. John Samuel Tieman: Thank You for Your Service
  4. Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain
  5. Michael Simms: Dogsbody to the Muse

Editor’s Choices: 

Paul Christensen: Second Sight 

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

Political Articles

  1. John Samuel Tieman: What is Wrong with Donald Trump?
  2. Ginger Thompson: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children
  3. Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies
  4. Ofer Raban: There’s a wider scandal suggested by the Trump investigations
  5. George Monbiot: Embarrassment of Riches

Editor’s Choices: 

Erica Etelson: How Liberals Left the White Working Class Behind

Tom Engelhardt: We’re Not the Good Guys


  1. Video: The Greatest Glue Commercial Ever Made
  2. Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)
  3. Video: Patti Smith Sings “The Tyger” by William Blake
  4. Video: Leonard Cohen – Happens to the Heart
  5. Video: The Tables

Editor’s Choices: 

Bill Traylor: Sidewalk Genius

Video: All Along the Watchtower – Playing for Change

And special hugs to Abby Zimet for being, you know, awesome.

And finally, a shout-out to our contributing editors: Doug Anderson, Joan E. Bauer, David Huddle, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mel Packer, Eva-Maria Simms, Philip Terman, and Arlene Weiner. Some of our most popular posts were suggested by them. And also, a big thank you to our 11,000 subscribers! Keep clicking and commenting! America may not be free yet, but Vox Populi is!

Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses was Vox Populi’s most popular post in 2019.

8 comments on “Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

  1. Judy Alexander Brice
    February 22, 2020

    Thanks for your brief auto-bio! I loved it, and especially loved the St. Vincent Millay poem–one that I often come back to over the months and years. Vox Populi has been such a joy to open and read! Many thanks for your steady and hard work–Judy Brice

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Arlene Weiner
    December 26, 2019

    Thanks, Mike. A better new year to all of us. –Arlene

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Miriam Levine
    December 26, 2019

    Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. abby zimet
    December 26, 2019

    awww/whoa: thank you michael for the oh-so-humbling shout out. and thank you for doing what you do so eloquently, so stubbornly, with so much heart and grace. “america may not be free yet, but vox populi is”: well said, and peace az

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Vox Populi
    December 26, 2019

    Thank you, Adrian!


  6. Adrian Rice
    December 26, 2019


    Just want to say – what a great job you do with this site. It has become the first thing I look forward to on going online each morning. Congrats on another stellar year at Vox Populi. Don’t stop. Keep punchin’.

    I’m taking Spring off to finish my doctoral dissertation on ‘Education *in* Poetry: Learning Through Poems’, and I know that some of your Vox posts/articles will no doubt lead into some timely footnotes and Works Cited material.

    Have a great New Year!

    Cheers, Adrian

    Liked by 2 people

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