Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Countee Cullen: Heritage

Africa? A book one thumbs
Listlessly, till slumber comes.
Unremembered are her bats
Circling through the night, her cats
Crouching in the river reeds

February 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: To the Ruling Class and All the Fearful Acolytes of Its Pale Supremacy

the sweetly subtle strength of a great
and rarely spoken language

February 25, 2021 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Rest In Poetry

We bid fond farewell to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, publisher, painter, pacifist, iconoclast, political activist, “heart of the Beat generation” and “legend of American letters, bookselling, rabble rousing, wild dreaming.”

February 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter| Song: The Famous Vision of America

an emptiness, too, in the bright
flicker of a cardinal on my back fence

February 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Matt Hohner: Where Are You Sending Your Poems This Week?

I’m sending my poems to reform school.
To prison. To the front lines. Straight to hell
on a one-way ticket.

February 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Nobody’s coming to save the children

Catherine Doty’s pitiless poems beautifully show us what we don’t want to see: children’s poverty, abuse, neglect. And their meanness. Poor children living in squalor, which Doty’s language often veils in lyrical glamor.

February 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Kathleen O’Toole: On Grief, in a time of pandemic

What I’m learning about grief is that
it comes and goes, like the shadow in front of me
on the afternoon sidewalk.

February 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: After Jorge Guillén

You slept and your arms stretched and almost caressed
my insomnia.

February 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

Gary Margolis: The Desire to Write Poetry at Forty

the mysterious
feeling between her
and Emily, the centuries in
between two women
alone in their rooms.

February 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Detroit

I think of the sound of factories in the voice
of an old boyfriend from The Cass Corridor –
cocoon of his attic bedroom, mattress on the floor,
candle light and books in that long season of snow

February 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: Security

My carry-on flagged for protein
bars that might be plastique, & I failed
the swab test, some residue battery acid
or fertilizer on my fingertips.

February 16, 2021 · 3 Comments

Cynthia Atkins: Making Lunch

I pack a thermos, 2 cookies, tart apple slices that will later smile at you from a bag—My noontime missive, a text of seduction.

February 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: I was twenty then

The glint of those stares —
a flash of mica — offered to me &
just like that, I felt my loneliness shatter

February 14, 2021 · 3 Comments

Jan-Mitchell Sherrill: Two love poems

Come with me
to the river again: we will test Heraclitus,
kiss deep at the tender point of sleepless change.

February 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

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