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Vox Populi: A note from the editor

Dear Friends,

Please forgive this blatant self-promotion, but I want to share with you a link to a review of my new collection of poems American Ash in the highly regarded and popular magazine Cultural Weekly, curated by Alexis Rhone Fancher. Alexandra Umlas writes: 

The final poem of Michael Simms’s recent book of poetry, American Ash, ends with the lines “… and everything is / Beautiful as you feel yourself / Floating over the city and you wish / The story didn’t have to end” (79). Simms is talking about getting old, but this was also exactly my sentiment as I finished reading— I wanted the book to go on and on. Luckily [Click here to continue reading…]

The issue also includes two of my poems.

If you’d like to order American Ash, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support for Vox Populi!


Michael Simms

Mike, Eva and Josie at home (photo by Kate Daniels)

20 comments on “Vox Populi: A note from the editor

  1. Claudia
    February 8, 2021

    That’s a shimmering dotage, Michael. Congrats! Can’t wait to read

    Liked by 1 person

  2. David Adès
    February 7, 2021

    I’m with George: any poet would kill for this kind of reader and this kind of review. “American Ash” is sitting here, in a pile of books in my little home office in Sydney. I might have to move it to the top of the pile!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. gdrew2013
    February 7, 2021

    Michael, Nothing I disagree with here! I mean, how can anyone out-critiqueher review? Any poet would kill for this kind of reader and her insightand obvious deep love of your work. Congrats!




    Liked by 1 person

  4. allisonfine
    February 7, 2021

    Congratulations Michael! I love Vox Populi and I am so happy for your success!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sally and John bliumis-dunn
    February 7, 2021

    So looking forward to reading your book!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Noel
    February 7, 2021

    So glad you did share your poetry with us, “blatant” light is good. We get to see by it.

    Thank you!


    Liked by 1 person

  7. melpacker
    February 6, 2021

    As Michael knows, I am no lover of poetry (not a hater either, so relax) but I bought his book and read it in one sitting cover to cover, poem to poem, insight to insight, finding beauty, sorrow, and love within. Do yourself a favor, buy it, read it, let it enrich your life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      February 7, 2021

      Thanks, Mel. You’re a tough sell with poetry, so I’m grateful for your praise.


  8. Nancy Krzton
    February 6, 2021

    What a gleaming book review. I’m happy for you. Your poetry deserves it. Nancy

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

  9. Barbara Huntington
    February 6, 2021

    Love the book. Discovering poets and writing poetry in my golden years. Or is that dotage?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Susan Berlin
    February 6, 2021

    Just received the copy I ordered and can’t wait to read all the way through!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Lex Runciman
    February 6, 2021

    Always good to see & know that your work has been read, appreciated.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

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