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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Baruch November: Dream 12

They tell me it is okay to dance
to this music as we all should
be very modern religious Jews
who need to bust the most modern moves.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Moon’s Milk

Narrated by Tom Waits, the film chronicles the last expedition of Captain Millipede and his crew to harvest the milk seeping from the moon’s craters. (13 minutes)

January 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The end of civilization as we know it

I want to apologize for walking in
When the dog was licking
Your bald head as you lay
On the couch drinking rum
Straight from the bottle…

January 18, 2020 · 13 Comments

Sydney Lea: Passing the Arts and Crafts Fair

There aren’t many like him anymore, the handy, soft-spoken old ones, who still know how to farm, how to raise up a house you can live in, how to still-hunt a whitetail.

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Player Piano

Every song is like mice walking slowly across tin.

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellen Foos: Support-Group Puppets

We speak in circles,
Sock-monkeys one and all,
able to say what we are told.

January 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Three dances to welcome the New Year

Here are three of my favorite electro swing performances.

December 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views. Here is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema.

December 26, 2019 · 6 Comments

Aesop: The Frogs Ask for a King

Once upon a time, the Frogs were discontented because they had no one to rule over them: so they sent a deputation to Jupiter to ask him to give them a King.

December 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Waterlow: The jokes always saved us — humor in the time of Stalin

In a world of stifling conformity and endless fake news, even simple satirical barbs can serve as a profoundly personal assertion that ‘I joke, therefore I am.’

December 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: Summersaulting To Shore

My dark-haired lover explained marriage was like an animal. “There’s a smell when it dies,” he said. I let my marriage trickle out.

December 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Jason Baldinger: A Seventy-Four Dollar Shotgun

two men in camouflage
drunk loud talk, stare at shotguns

December 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Soulmates

This video by Farid Ghanbari is a compilation of surrealistic clips from his previous films. The images have been juxtaposed in provocative ways to create a weird visual poetry.

December 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: Catering the Office Party

Some couldn’t eat ham and some wouldn’t eat lamb;
some couldn’t eat sugar, some couldn’t eat seeds.
So what could I order for our office feast?
And how could I cater for everyone’s needs?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

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