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Michael Simms: Dear Vox Populi subscribers

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.

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

Mike

38 comments on “Michael Simms: Dear Vox Populi subscribers

  1. loranneke
    December 9, 2021

    Attachment available until Jan 8, 2022 I forgot the attachment! here it is: Laure-Anne Click to Download IMG_0159 2.MOV 72.3 MB Laure-Anne Bosselaar https://laureanne.net https://poets.org/poet/laure-anne-bosselaar https://fourwaybooks.com/site/laure-anne-bosselaar/

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  2. loranneke
    December 9, 2021

    Mike, my dearest friend,

    May the holiday season and your drive to Princeton and your reading all go splendidly — thank you for so, so much, for your passion, loyalty, kindness, political engagement — thank you for your own fabulous poems, and for posting such good and necessary poems by others! I start the day with Vox Populi, and always smile at you, way over there to the North of where I am. May you and your Eva be well and healthy and happy and joyful and enjoy the affection and kindness of those who love you (like moi!), and are thankful for everything you do and are… And for the rest? Screw the rest. Screw’em!

    I don’t know Eva — but give her a hug for me anyway! And here’s a fun video of my Luna trying to climb a tree after a squirrel, my Luna who looks so much like your sweetie (is Josie her name?)

    Warmly, Laure-Anne

    Laure-Anne Bosselaar https://laureanne.net https://poets.org/poet/laure-anne-bosselaar https://fourwaybooks.com/site/laure-anne-bosselaar/

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  3. smithdaniell
    December 9, 2021

    Thank you so very much for all you do: introducing a positive note into my day, encouraging my writing by reading the excellent selections of each day, and reminding me that the present is the only thing we really have! Enjoy your brief “working vacation” and have a wonderful reading–let us know if it is accessible via zoom or you tube.

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  4. Christine M Gelineau
    December 9, 2021

    Have a wonderful reading! Thanks for all you do. Christine

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  5. bigchenillemitt
    December 9, 2021

    Happy Holidays, Michael. Have a great trip and reading! xo

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  6. Barbara Huntington
    December 9, 2021

    We all need breaks so long as they aren’t bones. Vox Populi has been a positive I look forward to in my day since I discovered you, as well as a help in connecting with other writers and poets and like minded lefties. I will look forward to your revving back up again. Thank you

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  7. Carrie Barton
    December 9, 2021

    I’ll miss your presence in my inbox and thank you for making a positive difference in so many lives! Wow!

    Take care, be well and happy! Carrie

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  8. kim4true
    December 9, 2021

    Have a nice time, Michael. You deserve some time away from the screen once in a while!

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    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      And you as well, Kim! Have a happy holiday season! And send pictures of your family. And dogs. We love dogs, don’t we?

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  9. vengodalmare
    December 9, 2021

    Thank you for everything and I hope to read you and your articles soon. Good luck,

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  10. melpacker
    December 9, 2021

    And it’s a well deserved break from the work you do that we value so much. Enjoy.

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  11. Billy Clem
    December 9, 2021

    Eva-Marie Simms’ work is gorgeous and through-provoking. Brilliant! Thank you!

    Michael, I hope that some days away to do other work will allow you to offer a briliant reading and, crucially, to relax.

    We’re all looking forward to more great work in *Vox Populi,* of course, but only when you can do it. *VP( a life line, and we’re so deeply grateful for your dedication to and enduring understand of and love for art, justice, life, and all that is sacred and right. We’re more than happy “to allow” you a few days away–at least! 😉

    Thank you, and enjoy your reading in Princeton!

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    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      Thank you, Billy. It’s so nice to hear from you! When you dropped out of Facebook, I was worried I would lose contact with you. Thank you for your kind remarks now and in the past. Stay in touch!

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  12. robertahatcher32
    December 9, 2021

    Enjoy your break, Michael. I will use the time normally given over to Vox Populi to read your new book! I look forward to the return of Vox’s thoughtful mix of poetry, politics and video, leavened with life-saving humor. Safe travels.

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    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      Thanks, Roberta! I’ve always loved your warm presence and sly wit. Stay in touch!

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  13. Gene Mariani
    December 9, 2021

    Thanks, Michael! Have a safe trip and “break-a-leg” with the Princeton reading. It sounds to be a wonderful experience. I, for one, will look forward to the next edition of VP! Take care for now, stay well, and have Peace.

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    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      Thanks, Gene! I appreciate your ongoing support. It means a great deal to me.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Adrian Rice
    December 9, 2021

    Safe travels Michael. Vox Populi, and your dear selves, are forces of nature that I’m grateful for, on a daily basis. Onward! Adrian

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    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      Thanks, Adrian! I enjoy your poetry as well. So glad you are part of the team.

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  15. Sally Bliumis-Dunn
    December 9, 2021

    Beautiful, Michael! Thank you for all you do with Vox Populi and safe travels. I hope you holidays are full and warm!

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  16. Sean Sexton
    December 9, 2021

    God speed Michael!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. sumnullus
    December 9, 2021

    it is a good thing that you can secure income from Ohio Arts Center ….and speaking engagements …it is a positive development that organizations like Patreon and Bandcamp can out- flank gatekeepers and provide income for all kinds of people .. god jul..

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vox Populi
      December 9, 2021

      Thank you! It is actually a tiny bit of money, but still the encouragement helps!

      Liked by 3 people

  18. jfrobb
    December 9, 2021

    Bravo to you and Vox Populi!

    Liked by 3 people

  19. lenikem
    December 9, 2021

    Merecido descanso Michael! Felicidades!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Noel Canin
    December 9, 2021

    Enjoy your trip Michael, look forward to hearing from you again,

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