Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature. Over 400,000 monthly users. Over 6,000 archived posts.

Baron Wormser: Oona

When you have a dog, you get to participate in another creature’s being, a creature who wants to be with you, a human being.

August 6, 2022 · 21 Comments

Terry Blackhawk: So Here

So here I’ve gone and reframed your painting, the one of the street with its tilted telephone poles, the street that led me into sleep so often now bordered by an eggplant purple, very trendy and advised by the decorator to pick up the purples and greens of other pieces in my room…

August 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us” (with text included)

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud

July 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: Ghosts

All the chatter about “family values” presupposes that women pick up whatever difficulties they are faced with and go forward with a happy, maternal smile. Seduced and abandoned does not exist in such an aggressively wholesome universe.

July 11, 2022 · 9 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Abortion Clinic

Pregnant, but unclear about her last period,
she said she thought nothing was wrong for weeks,
but knew she couldn’t afford another, couldn’t
afford the five kids she had now

June 25, 2022 · 8 Comments

Baron Wormser: Conspiracy and Character

Not so strangely, the events of January 6 have a Roman cast to them as a vengeful, self-styled emperor urges the plebeians to attack the Capitol

June 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

Kathryn Levy: The Story of Apples

They peered at the apples
in the Apple Museum, or the half remembered
pictures of apples.

June 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Mary Jo and Aline

Mornings they loved best
sitting over long breakfast
light slanting over them

June 18, 2022 · 14 Comments

Ruth L. Schwartz: Love Letters from the Late Edge

two women, neither of us young, one of us frankly old,
walking our joy like a large animal
around a city lake

June 13, 2022 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Uvalde

The swelling and collapsing
Of a small promise more
Tentative than we knew

June 4, 2022 · 27 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Mythos of the Gun 

Beneath the easy-going, have-a-nice day American exterior is some serious anti-social feeling that does not wish anyone who is somehow different a nice day, that wishes them a bad day, a you-shouldn’t-exist day, an I-would-kill-you-if-I-could day.

June 1, 2022 · 5 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: El Duende | On the Origins of Rafael Nadal’s Tennis Artistry

As Rafael Nadal attempts to win his unprecedented 14th French Open title, whether he wins or loses, we can rest assured that he will dazzle us with an athletic beauty that emerges from this ethos.

May 20, 2022 · 16 Comments

Baron Wormser: A Poetry Proposal

There is no shortage of poems and no shortage of strategies to deliver the poems. The failing lies in our wariness. It’s true: to embrace poetry is to embrace a degree of uncertainty. Yet what else is life?

May 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

Alison Luterman: At the Jeweler’s Tent

I hold a string of amethysts up to my collarbone.
There are wrinkles on my neck now,
rings of crinkled flesh like tree-markings,
one for each lived year

April 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 12,348 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 4,586,726 hits

Archives