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Most Popular Vox Populi Posts of 2020

Over the last year, Vox Populi published 742 posts from over 100 authors and artists. With approximately 12,000 email subscribers from 56 different countries and thousands more visiting the website every day, VP had a large and diverse audience. Below is a list of the most popular posts from 2020 divided into seven categories:  Health Articles, Poems, Political Essays, Personal Essays, Fiction, Film/Audio/Humor, and Discussions about Writers and Writing. I’ve also added a link to my choice for the best post in each category. To check out a poem, video or article, simply click on the title. Happy browsing!     – Michael Simms

  • Health Articles

Mary Swander: Covid-19 among the Amish

Ben Martin: COVID-19 and Philip Roth’s Nemesis

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Why the US Has the World’s Highest Number of Covid-19 Deaths

Michael Simms: On my recent experience with Covid (maybe)

Michelle D. Holmes, M.D: Re-opening America

Editor’s Choice:

Nafeez Ahmad: The Light at the End

  • Poems

Leslie McGrath: The Death of Dogs

Robert Wrigley: What She Said

Christina Rossetti: The Plague

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: I Am Waiting

Doug Anderson: Living Will

Editor’s Choice:

Amiri Baraka: Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note

  • Political Essays

Allan Lichtman: The 13 Keys to the White House

John Nagl and Paul Yingling: An Open Letter to General Milley

Peter Lake: How to Get Reelected Republican Style

Jon Queally: Demands for Kushner to Resign Over Staggering Level of Depravity That Put Politics Before Public Health

John Edward Simms: The Last White RINO

Editor’s Choice: 

John Lewis: Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble

  • Personal Essays

Kathryn Levy: Bernie Sanders and George and Me

Beth Peyton: Physically Distant and Socially Awkward

Patricia A. Nugent: A Yawn is Better than a Gasp

Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

Editor’s Choice:

Gerald Fleming: City of Breath

  • Fiction

Deesha Philyaw: I Am Not My Ancestors

Meg Pokrass: Trophy Wife

Pema Chödrön: A Story about Fear

Meg Pokrass: The Interruption

Michael Simms: Civilization and Her Discontents

Editor’s Choice:

Ariel Dorfman: Sending Trump to Hell

  • Film/Audio/Humor

Video: Liberal Redneck | Progress in Rural America

Molly Ivins: Greatest Hits

Josephine Baker: Siren of the Resistance

Video: A Worthy Man

Video: The Lost Words Blessing

Editor’s choice: 

Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

  • Discussions About Writers and Writing

Michael Simms: Re-reading Christina Rossetti’s ‘In an Artist’s Studio’

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #1 | The Quotidian Poem

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

W. D. Ehrhart: Paul Fussell — A Remembrance

Mike Schneider: Bob Dylan’s Ballads of Murder, Drowning & Other Songs of Love

Editor’s Choice:

Eva-Maria Simms: Muzot in Winter


Copyright 2020 Michael Simms

6 comments on “Most Popular Vox Populi Posts of 2020

  1. Lex Runciman
    December 26, 2020

    Thanks for all of them.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Adrian Rice
    December 26, 2020

    Great job, Michael, again this year. Love the site. (And it was an honour to have a wee poem on it for the Covid anthol.) Keep up the great, important work. Blessings on you and yours x Adrian

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kromsky12
    December 26, 2020

    A wonderful company to be in. Thank you, Michael Simms!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. melpacker
    December 26, 2020

    How very nice to hear and to be included with so many great writers and thinkers. Thanks to VP and Michael Simms for enriching our world.. I have reposted my contribution on Facebook.

    Liked by 1 person

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