Vox Populi

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Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Operatico Politico — Keep Your Ding Dong In Your Pants

. Some really good advice…in Carol format. SING ALONG! Keep your Ding Dong in your pants, And don’t say nasty phrases. To yourself, please keep your hands. We should not … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Ho Ho Ho Milk-Breath — On Scowling Whining Little Freeloaders

If you haven’t been paying attention: Republicans have been so gung-ho about stripping health care from millions of people and giving tax cuts to a few monstrously rich people that … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Richard St. John: Pluto 2

After the action of the International Astronomers Union 8/24/06 . Poor Pluto, icy stone, never so lovely as Venus or possessing Jupiter’s pull.  Dragging along your equal moon, that old … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump – Queen Edition — “Alternative Rhapsody”

    . Is this the real life? Did he just post that Tweet? Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump (Queen Edition)

. Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico‘s new installment of satire is here!  This time, we tackle an a capella version … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: My Russian-Jewish Grandparents and The Birth Parents of Our Chinese Child Meet at a Café and Discuss My Child’s Future

Schmu-el and Malka and our child’s Chinese birth parents are sipping tea at a café somewhere between the Pale Settlement of Russia and central-rural China.   They speak in signs … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Lady of the Most Impeccable Taste

In this dark time of too-few heroes, we pay tribute to Juli Briskman, a working 50-year-old single mom to two teenagers in Virginia who was out biking and brooding on … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Eduardo Galeano: A Visit to Heaven and Hell

Mapping Planet Earth Free By day, the sun guides them. By night, the stars. Paying no fare, they travel without passports and without forms for customs or immigration. Birds are … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gary Margolis: Visiting Poet

         for the Midland School in Los Olivos   No one told me I would be sitting across the table from Deyanira, number two wife of Hercules, … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: John of the Lamp

John of the lamp, poor fellow, you’re quite unstrung. Cat or rat’s got your tongue. Your guts are yellow, your wide grin is hollow. Summon the young to a portal … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

If life were like a perfume commercial I’d be spending even more time than I already do gazing pensively into the distance the top buttons of my shirt undone my … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The dirty poet: i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work

the future i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work a mobile linen cart rolls up to me and intones approaching elevator, please stand aside i’m not moving a … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — On Guns

. Trae says, “I sympathize with pro-gun people. Always have. But at some point ain’t enough enough?” Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 1 Comment