Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Zoosk | The Pandemic

We stay put, apart,
constant in longing. And that is all
fine, my friends, except the dying
part. Death all around love’s
little sprouting head.

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Deena November: Social Distance Pro

I create ambitious color coded schedules for
my hyper children during a pandemic but they are jumping in puddles, tracking mud all over the house and eating popcorn off the living room rug.

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Black Brick, Yellow Brick

I will die in Pittsburgh on a beautiful day…

March 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Belinda Kong: How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art

Fear and blame appear to be fast becoming Americans’ defining emotions around COVID-19. Headlines seem to offer either worst-case estimates or government leaders’ mutual accusations. Amid the bewildering figures and … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: One Manifestation of Compassion

I did the only humane thing left

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Fool

At seventy-five I find myself in love.
Not the serene love of an old man
steeped in the wine and wisdom of years,
but one who would kill a dragon for her.

March 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Humoresque

“What queer books she must have read!”

February 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Tom Lehrer | The Vatican Rag & Send the Marines

What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they’ve seen the light,
They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected.

February 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck | Super Tuesday Smorgasboard

Us liberals got a choice to make, y’all. Then the real fun starts.

February 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Parable of the 4 a.m. Demons

My mind yearns for sleep so innocently it refuses
the perverse truth…

February 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Dawn Potter: Sonnet in Search of Poems I’ve Never Written

I’ve been meaning to write about a patch of mossy
frogs’ eggs in a vernal pool, about a single contrail
chalking a blue November sky…

February 24, 2020 · 9 Comments

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

On Friday, we caught up with poet, blogger, editor and activist Michael Simms at his kitchen table where he was preparing his Saturday morning post for Vox Populi.

February 22, 2020 · 22 Comments

Video: Grandpa’s Groove

The old man Santiago didn’t catch a fish for days
He returned unhappy and was pretty damn ashamed

February 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait as Human and as House

I can’t imagine how boring I’d be now
if I’d always been the best person
I could be instead of operating
at fifty percent of my capacity
or sometimes even less.

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

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