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A note about Vox Populi’s new look for our poetry

Dear Vox Populi subscribers: Yay! I’m not a techie, so I’m excited that I stayed up all night learning how to use CSS code on Vox Populi in order to … Continue reading

December 1, 2020 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: Blue Notes

I think of Fats Waller whose left hand leaped down the keys, showing the path for every jazz pianist who followed, including the great Art Tatum and the minor Billy Joel.

November 28, 2020 · 10 Comments

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #1 | The Quotidian Poem

This post marks the beginning of a new irregular feature in Vox Populi. I hope readers of Vox Populi, many of whom are writers, will find the prompt helpful in stimulating their creativity.

November 14, 2020 · 25 Comments

Michael Simms: The Turn

It’s the old dancers that fascinate me.
Training everyday as the body resists,
The spirit lifts them into clarity.

November 8, 2020 · 10 Comments

Vincent Van Gogh: Art and Soul

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.

October 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Dear Vox Populi subscribers,

At 7pm tonight the official launch of American Ash, my new collection of poems published by Ragged Sky, is happening. I’ll be reading with two wonderful poets — Joan Bauer and Richard St. John.

October 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Why we must win

The Democrats have to win the 2020 election. Our survival as a nation, and perhaps as a species, depends on removing the criminal organization that the GOP has become and starting our journey to a just society. We owe this victory to our children and our grandchildren.

October 14, 2020 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Dear Vox Populi subscribers:

I just want to mention that VP has started a new category of posts. Most of you are aware that since we started the webzine in 2014, some of our … Continue reading

September 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: A Few Thoughts from a Cowboy Vegan

I grew up in Texas beef country down the street from a world-famous barbecue stand. I didn’t become a vegan until I was 54 years old. I probably have been responsible, at least in part, for the death of 10,000 animals. It’s never too late to change your life.

September 26, 2020 · 8 Comments

Old Story: Auditing Grandpa

The IRS decided to audit Grandpa, and summoned him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Oh Darlin’

The intimacy
Of strangers is luminous, the way
We wish well for the man who lost
His car keys, the woman coming in
Out of the rain, the girl who missed
Her bus, the boy who stutters.

August 8, 2020 · 14 Comments

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 15 Comments

Michael Simms: A brief note to Vox Populi subscribers

Dear Friends, Just want to let you know that we’ve added two new categories to our menu of posts: Fiction and Literary Criticism and Reviews. The menu can be found … Continue reading

July 22, 2020 · 8 Comments

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