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Baron Wormser: Doing Great

If a book can be both good-natured and lacerating, Voltaire’s  is that book. 

January 22, 2023 · 6 Comments

James Crews: New Year

It’s so cold on this January morning
the condensation in the corner of each window
has frozen to the glass, cannot be wiped away.

January 19, 2023 · 9 Comments

Dawn Potter: Sleeping with the Cat

the bossiest boyfriend I have ever entertained,
crammed between my knees, purring himself into glory

January 18, 2023 · 6 Comments

Lisa Zimmerman: Missing Billy

You wore sobriety like a t-shirt
with the sleeves hacked off.

January 16, 2023 · 19 Comments

Michael Simms: Sacred Sleep

My sleep is punctuated with terror
and excursions into weirdness,
and I usually wake in the dark hours

January 14, 2023 · 40 Comments

Cynthia Atkins: Apocalypse in Twitter-Verse 

Is that, finally, 
the ache we shed with the last breath. —
Fogged faces passing on a train, trees 
and smoke and hills.

January 11, 2023 · 6 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Ode to Forgetting the Year

remember the day at the beach when the sun
began to explain Heidegger to you while thunderclouds
rumbled up from the horizon like Nazi submarines?

January 7, 2023 · 12 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: An Open Thank You Letter to Kristen Who Works at the Cemetery

There are moments so flooded with tenderness
every wall around our heart collapses
from the beauty of it

January 4, 2023 · 20 Comments

Vox Populi: The 15 most popular posts of 2022

During 2022, Vox Populi published 737 posts including poetry, essays and short films. Here are the fifteen most visited.

December 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 19 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

John Crowe Ransom: Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter

We looked among orchard trees and beyond  
Where she took arms against her shadow,  
Or harried unto the pond
The lazy geese

November 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

Baron Wormser: Against Hope

Hope gives us a margin for our industriousness that keeps inventing new purposes for new machines, an industriousness that often seems to be only making everything worse. 

October 23, 2022 · 19 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Embracing the Mess

I like it best when the memories are everywhere—
and I stumble over the ghosts of wooden train tracks,
trip on the spot where you used to do push-ups

October 19, 2022 · 12 Comments

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