Vox Populi

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Note from the editor of Vox Populi

Dear beautiful people: You may have noticed that in the last few weeks some of Vox Populi’s posts go out to you as blank pages. Actually, the color of the … Continue reading

May 15, 2023 · 10 Comments

Michael Simms: Orpheus in Hollywood

Michael Chabon hasn’t so much straddled genres as rejuvenated whatever he touches, making literary fiction more engaging and accessible and popular genres less cliched and formulaic.

May 6, 2023 · 20 Comments

Michael Simms: Prospero needs a little nap

Vox Populi will endure, albeit at a slower pace.

April 24, 2023 · 106 Comments

Michael Simms: Hatred

I scythed, mowed, axed
hoed, trimmed, yanked
and eyed with vicious intent
this intruder eating my garden.
But the satanic bramble would not die.

April 15, 2023 · 25 Comments

Leonor Fini: Dreams of Women

“Paintings, like dreams, have a life of their own and I have always painted very much the way I dream.”

April 2, 2023 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The Witch’s Tower (excerpt)

~ the first two pages of a bound manuscript composed by the philosopher Linnaeus of Iskar in the reign of Ottolo the Befuddled; the rest of the manuscript being illegible having been damaged by water

April 1, 2023 · 10 Comments

Video: Vegan Poem

At the current turning point in our relationship with the earth, Federico García Lorca’s vision of the injustice in our mistreatment of animals is even more poignant.

February 25, 2023 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Daisy

After you died, I pulled a copy of Gatsby
From your shelf — torn, underlined, smudged
With marginalia — but still beautiful
In an unbound unglued sort of way.

February 11, 2023 · 36 Comments

Michael Simms: The Ruins

the air full
of transparent wings,
the fox crossing
the innocent road
full of weeds

January 28, 2023 · 25 Comments

Michael Simms: GUSHER by Christopher Soden

Learning to be oneself and to love oneself is the central narrative in Gusher, a remarkable book about a gay man growing up in Dallas, Texas in the 1980s.

January 21, 2023 · 1 Comment

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

The Ancient Icelandic Saga Voluspo: “The Wise-Woman’s Prophecy”

Fast move the sons | of Mim, and fate
Is heard in the note | of the Gjallarhorn;
Loud blows Heimdall, | the horn is aloft,
In fear quake all | who on Hel-roads are

December 30, 2022 · 2 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

Michael Simms: The Pecan Grove

he taught me
the geometry of carpentry
the mysteries
of plumbing, told me
dirty jokes

December 17, 2022 · 22 Comments

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