Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael Simms: Names

Lea wants to change her name to Tina. Her mother says she must think very carefully because a name has to fit. The wrong name can bind like someone else’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys Slump in front of tattoo parlors Scratching their arms. Girls In short skirts take long pulls On cigs, stand in groups Smiling at … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Michael Simms: The Summer You Learned to Swim

for Lea The summer you learned to swim was the summer I learned to be at peace with myself. In May you were afraid to put your face in the … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 8 Comments

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

Chuck Taylor: The Song Dog

. Note Posted on Back Door for Coyote Sorry, I didn’t know you still yodeled your yips around these hills. How stupid of me to assume that just because a … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Enjoy the Comey Show, But Don’t Be Distracted From The Real Battle.

James Comey’s testimony is small potatoes. Progressives need to organize at the state and local levels. With the mainstream media focused on James Comey’s testimony in front of Congress, and the Trump … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Will the real Rosie Doonan please stand up?

Promotion of twin sisters has gone cuckoo at Cuckoo Records. . . Email subscribers may watch the videos by clicking on the title of this post. — Cissie Redgwick is … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tetsugen and the Sutras — a traditional Japanese story about publishing

Tetsugen decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, … Continue reading

May 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Daily Disaster of Donald Trump

With a vote of 217-213, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass Trumpcare and strip health coverage from 24 million Americans. The new program will undermine the health, … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: A Short History of May Day

The origins of the world holiday known as May Day or International Workers Day. Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day holiday are in the fight … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Are You Ready For More War?

Following through on campaign pledges to support American troops, on Thursday President Trump gave a green light to the military, enabling them to increase airstrikes in the Middle East. Here are … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment