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Vox Populi: OMG! An Interview with Michael Simms about his Debut Novel ‘Bicycles of the Gods’

Who wouldn’t love a story about badass vigilante nuns and the end of the world?

August 16, 2022 · 9 Comments

Michael Simms: You Taught Me

you pointed
At the bubbles rising in the pitcher
Of beer to explain consciousness
Which was blurred by that time
Of evening

August 11, 2022 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: What Holds Us Together Keeps Us Apart

The dirty child at our border
who walked 500 miles
sharing a pair of shoes
with her brother

July 30, 2022 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: Elderberry Magic

In the Native American tradition, the elder is sacred. The soft whistling song I often hear in the branches has been heard by others as well. Elder’s long association with wind instruments suggests that the magical sound comes not from the wind but rather from the tree itself, as well as any instruments carved from elder branches.

July 16, 2022 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Puppy Rolling

When I take Josie to the dog park she likes to find a puppy, preferably a rare breed like a Shiba Inu or a New Guinea Singing Dog and roll it down the hill.

July 2, 2022 · 20 Comments

Michael Simms: Mary Jo and Aline

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

June 18, 2022 · 14 Comments

Michael Simms: Uvalde

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

June 4, 2022 · 25 Comments

Michael Simms: Trigger Warning | Old White Guy Talks About Racism

White people don’t spend a lot of time talking about racism. Right-wingers dismiss racism as a talking point that black people use to get special treatment while left-leaning white people simply state that racism is an evil tendency among other white people, but not themselves.

May 21, 2022 · 10 Comments

The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant (Egyptian Middle Kingdom 2000 BCE)

A poor peasant, Khun-Anup, is traveling to market with his donkeys heavily laden with goods to exchange for supplies for his family when Nemtynakht, a vassal of the high steward Rensi, notices the peasant approaching his lands and devises a scheme to steal Khun-Anup’s donkeys and supplies.

May 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Erasmus: Adagia

Adagia is the title of an annotated collection of Greek and Latin proverbs, compiled during the Renaissance by Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus. Erasmus’ collection of proverbs is believed to be one of the most monumental ever assembled.

April 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Brotherly Love

we’re afraid to look deprivation
in the eye, resent admitting our own dumb luck

April 2, 2022 · 36 Comments

Michael Simms: No

No is not nothing. When everything has been taken from you, no is all you have left.

March 5, 2022 · 12 Comments

Michael Simms: Rumor of War | February 24, 2022 

I’ll say it again and say it differently
because the horror of war must never be forgotten.
The boy hid beneath the stairs
when the Good Guys came to kill him.

February 26, 2022 · 14 Comments

Meleager: A Garland of Love Poems

Ah, little archer, so you thought
to hide from me there
in Zenophila’s eyes!

February 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

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