Vox Populi

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Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

  What’s your mood and modus operandi? We’ve got many rooms, one for every need and every provisional alliance, each contingency. Sound-proofed so your experience will not be compromised. Here’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: How I Came to the Valley

When there are so many things in the world to regret, why is it I regret so little? Lessons I learned either by doing or not doing, outcomes that in … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis   How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Fearless Laughter — Yusef Komunyakaa’s Advice to Young Poets

  . In this video created by Sampsonia Way magazine for Rattapallax, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa describes his revision process, talks about the importance of silence in poetry, … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jo McDougall: In a Muddy Town

She was my classmate in a muddy town, an uncle they say for a father, skinny in a bad dress. No one noticed a dream or two lost. No one … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: What She Meant

Donna Vail died last night. I haven’t heard from her for over forty years. In fact forty-four years ago, when we were young Buddhists and at that temple, Taiseki-ji at … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Tu Fu, In Exile, In Middle Age

calm lake a mirror to the mountains at the center a fisherman’s boat rests   tu fu, so long away from the capital, envies the fisherman and his net   … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sylvia Plath: Morning Song

Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Grandma in Santa Monica

“Do you live alone?” “No! I am living with God” Up there: one, two, three In a room filled with scents of spices And the familiar sound of bubbling soup. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Video: Fred Johnston reads “Wall, Plaque, Book”

. Fred Johnston reads his poem, ‘Wall, Plaque, Book,’ from his collection The Oracle Room, published by Cinnamon Press (UK). The poem arose from a visit to the Marais area … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

M.A.Sinnhuber: Quarter

As a matter of fact, the physician said that I am in the last quarter of my life.   Four quarters make one dollar. Four quarters make one life.   … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · 1 Comment