Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Charles W. Brice: Stupidity

The guy in his MAGA cap
yells at my friend
that she’s a scaremonger
for wearing a mask

October 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: Appalachians Run Amok

I’m impatient like you to get to the bottom of the problem
of what to call the vacant feeling of our long-ago deportation
from the goats & their creamy milk & the meadows & pastures
they would frolic in each Sunday when my father would
metaphorically herd them…

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Anne Lamott | 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing

If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

October 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Sophie Scott | Why We Laugh

While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic.

October 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Heels not Heils

Hijacking the Proud Boys and MAGA Narrative Amidst Ruinous Reality.

October 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: A Room for Space Agers

At a certain age I re-aimed that telescope, first, to look into the window of the young widow across the street, she who made me feel atomic.

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sean Connolly: Sacrifice

You can’t educate a secret. Many defy time and live in the throats of birds chortling about the discovery of the universe, once and always hidden beyond sight.

October 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: The Original Life of Bob

Bob’s ego sometimes got stuck and its nobody’s business where.

September 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Peter Makuck: Two Poems

Every summer day was the last I thought,
even before my parents were gone

September 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Ghazal

A night of ghazals comes to an end to fill with birds.
As the sky blues, their calls braid in New Jersey.

September 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bart Plantenga: How the Soul Remains Miraculously Intact Despite 2000 Rejections

…we must learn to nest in piles of our own rejection slips and somehow effectively grab hold of the levers and buttons that control the means of writerly production…

September 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: How I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha

I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha by tattooing the word WRONG across my heart to help me muster the strength I’d need to argue with a world that wanted me to say “hey, y’all!” in a hill-country accent sipping tea under a dogwood in a pink smock smattered with etchings of ivy.

September 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

José Alcantara: The National Association of Information Destruction

I bet you think I made that up,that this is some dystopian anti-elegy,
and that I am another Cassandra, bemoaning
a distant, inevitable future, but I saw it,
not ten minutes ago…

September 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

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