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Jose Padua: Reflections on a Lesson that Would Soon Be Made More Clear to Me by Gil Scott-Heron

In 1971 I’m
thirteen years old
watching a big
Vietnam war protest
on television

June 13, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: All-time Most Popular Posts in Vox Populi

My favorite comment about Vox Populi comes from contributor Doug Anderson who said, “Vox Populi is basically a personal blog that seems to have swallowed a small planet.”

June 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Dictator

He built a wall around himself and demanded
that his image be painted on the inside of the wall
looking back so he could imagine the shouts
on the outside were cheers for him

June 6, 2020 · 9 Comments

Video: Wavy Gravy & Ace of Cups | “Basic Human Needs”

And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet had shoes upon their feet
And something to eat
And wouldn’t it be fine, now if all of human kind had shelter

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Wrigley: The Consciousness of Everything

That time’s lost now, when a stone could hurt,
when a feather missed its wing,
when sky kissed clouds and grass kissed dirt
and nothing thought itself just a thing.

May 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Ten things I should have figured out before now

Love is complicated. Courtesy is simple. Start with courtesy.

May 23, 2020 · 14 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck | Progress in Rural America

There’s votes to be had, ya’ll.

May 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Elinor Wylie: Castilian

He washed his face in water cold,
His hands in turpentine;
He squeezed out colour like coins of gold
And colour like drops of wine.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Days of Being Wild

in the late middle
of my mortal days on earth
I am still wild in the heart

May 12, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: A True Story of How I Almost Became a Rock and Roll God (with special appearance by Iron Butterfly)

So there I was, jumping up and down on a king-sized bed in an expensive hotel in Miami Beach, drinking rum straight from the bottle. And right beside me, jumping up and down, playing the air-guitar and blasting out his famous song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was Doug Ingle.

May 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: A Story About My Daughter's Kindness

The woman took a small knife out of her apron pocket and held the blade to the goat’s throat. Do you want to be responsible? What’s twenty pulas to you? You are a rich American and this is just a poor Botswana goat. Have you no heart?

May 2, 2020 · 7 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Laugh

What he wished was to have his ashes flushed
down the ladies’ room toilet of Syracuse City Hall,
which would so clog the pipes that the resulting
blast of glutinous broth would douse the place clean

April 30, 2020 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: What would Jesus do? (Not this)

Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence declined to wear a mask Tuesday as he toured Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic. He did this though the CDC’s guidelines urge Americans to wear a mask in public to minimize the spread of COVID-19…

April 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

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