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Abby Zimet: Still Ripping Things Up, Still Bewilderingly Roaming Free

Somehow, brazen crimes by the former fascist-in-chief keep surfacing. (Feel free to stop now if you understandably don’t want to read any more about this affront to humanity. Lamentably, it’s … Continue reading

February 10, 2022 · 7 Comments

Stephanie L. Harper: A Crown Most Unroyal

Some humans really don’t object to dying
as much as they hold dear an asshat’s right
to choose to spread disease over complying

February 9, 2022 · 7 Comments

Nina Kossman: Three Poems About a Head (1)

And you, who came in here wearing rings,
but without your head,
leave your rings by the door,
and put your head on

January 30, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Ladies Room

Ladies Room is a film about women in films. It features a group of ladies in the ladies’ room, talking about the things women talk about. If it sounds simple, it’s because it is.

January 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jefferson Carter: Life Partner

For convenience, I & my life partner
(the woman formerly known as my wife)
have numbered our arguments. 

January 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Most Popular Vox Populi Posts for 2021

At the end of each year, I enjoy compiling a list of the Vox Vopuli posts which attracted the most viewers. This year, for the first time, I’m also noting the single most popular post in each category since VP was founded in April, 2014. If you see an author or title that looks interesting, I hope you’ll visit (or re-visit) the post. Thank you for being part of our community! — Michael Simms, editor

December 30, 2021 · 7 Comments

Vimeo: Viktor on the Moon

Viktor Leth, who has never been on a date, accidentally sits down at the wrong table with the slightly older and married Rebekka. This is the start of a weird and wild night for the two of them in which Viktor learns more about life and love than most people do in a lifetime

December 26, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: What it wasn’t

It wasn’t bigger than a breadbox.
It wasn’t smooth as glass.
It didn’t smell good or bad
Or have any taste whatsoever.

December 4, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Mac

One of my first mentors was Mac McInerny, an old farmer who hired me when I was 16 to work in his greenhouse and to do handyman repairs for his friends. We drove around town in his beat-up pickup truck delivering gravel and lumber, fixing roofs and planting trees.

November 27, 2021 · 11 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Welcome to the Martians!

Our World Is Increasingly Like a Science-Fiction Novel.

November 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Katy Giebenhain: Falling Asleep in a 300-Year-Old Industrial Cottage in Derbyshire Surrounded by Star Wars Action Figures

the enemy with a thousand faces
the mentor with a thousand faces
the waitress with a thousand faces

November 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Al Ortolani: The Taco Boat

Last night, I bought a 12-pack of tacos
at Taco Bell, not because I was
especially hungry, but because I could.

November 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Flying

When I grow up, I want to be a fish,
 a big blue fish if I ever grow up.

October 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

Jose Padua: A Routine Evaluation of My Accomplishments at a Late Stage in the Middle Part of My Career

These years of love
have sustained me far beyond anything
I ever could have imagined; a dusting to
an inch of snow overnight on cold asphalt
resulting in a two hour delay is all part
of the good life.

October 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

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