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Michael Simms: My Recent and Forthcoming Books

Vox Populi doesn’t usually include advertisements, but I hope you will indulge me when I let you know that my recently published books are available.

December 7, 2022 · 14 Comments

Richard Cambridge: In Medias Res

Tom, the eldest son of Daniel and Helen Brownson, tells his parents he has dropped out of college. He is now in the crosshairs of the draft board and will be re-classified 1-A — a good chance he will be sent to — and possibly die in Vietnam.

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Mike Schneider: Gerald Stern (1925-2022)

In a flashy white-straw hat, leaning on his bright red metal cane, step-by-step silently making his way to a seat at the podium, Stern commanded the audience without a word.

November 2, 2022 · 5 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Hypocrisy is beneath them – political figures in the Trump era don’t bother concealing their misdeeds

There seems to be no sense of shame or its cousin, guilt, in our time.

November 1, 2022 · 3 Comments

Charles Davidson: Vincent van Gogh | “Best and Deepest” Self-Portraits

IF ONE TAKES THE TIME to study Vincent van Gogh’s numerous self-portraits, it is apparent that there are several “Vincents” dwelling within the one Vincent.

October 30, 2022 · 2 Comments

John Zheng: Just Like Oz

George Drew, a prolific poet of 9 poetry collections and 2 chapbooks, delights the reader with a new book, a collection of essays about his favorite poets whom he calls the wizards with magical talent.

October 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bill Lueders: Beyond Good and Evil | On Wendell Berry’s Brave New Book

A book by the celebrated author, poet, and farmer that takes on racism, the Civil War, and his life’s work.

October 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Stephanie Vander Wel: Loretta Lynn was more than a great songwriter – she was a spokeswoman for white rural working-class women

Lynn’s songs defied societal expectations by connecting her musical representations of working-class and rural women to broader social issues affecting women across the U.S.

October 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Edward L Greenstein: When your principles are at stake, take inspiration from Job

The deity astonishingly salutes Job when he speaks his truth to the deity’s power.

October 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Burning Books (or Rather Book Companies)

Looking Back on My Years in — And out of — Publishing

September 28, 2022 · 5 Comments

Julia Conley: Book-Banning Efforts Rising at Unprecedented Rate, US Libraries Report

Efforts to censor entire categories of books reflecting certain voices and views shows that the moral panic isn’t about kids: It’s about politics.

September 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: The Prodigy

Two days in the extraordinary life of the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina

September 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Carlene M. Gadapee: Accidental Hymn by Dawn Potter

Dawn’s speakers are the collective voice of the common person: she captures the hard-working, angry, sad, loving, celebratory voices of the Maine woods and coast, the hills of Appalachia, the house-bound and the homesick…

September 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: My debut novel is being launched tonight

This evening the rap artist and filmmaker Christian Nowlin will be helping me launch my debut novel BICYCLES OF THE GODS: A DIVINE COMEDY.

September 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

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