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I need to take a break from posting for a few days. I have contract work to complete for the Ohio Arts Council, and then I need to drive to Princeton, New Jersey to see friends and do a reading with the talented poet Shannon K. Winston. The next VP posts will go live on Tuesday, December 14, with a meditative poem about light and dark by Baron Wormser and a passionate essay about violence against women by Sarah Lahm. You don’t want to miss the work of these two gifted writers.
Thank you for your ongoing support. VP now has over 12,000 email subscribers and thousands more visit the site every day. We average over 400,000 users per month. You may know that Vox Populi began in April 2014 as a newsletter for anti-fracking activists in Western Pennsylvania. I started adding poetry, film, art and humor to prevent the newsletter from being too wonky. Tragically, we lost the battle against the frackers, but readers seemed to like the newsletter, so I continued publishing it daily. The only gap occurred during four days in April 2020 when I was rushed to the hospital with a case of Covid.
As a holiday gift to you, here’s a photograph by philosopher, teacher and artist Eva-Maria Simms called “Sidewalk Drain with Moss and String.” Happy holidays, my friends.