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Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

Angele Ellis: Kelli Stevens Kane’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

In fifty numbered verses—many with the diamond-like compression of Emily Dickinson—Stevens Kane explores how the daily reality of the body suddenly can become extraordinary, paranormal—and how the science of events—such as gravity—can give way to the spiritual…

November 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Anonymous from the Han Dynasty

What a relief to sit by the waterfall
and let my mind go like this, each thought
a bubble rising from the bottom of a pond

November 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Echo Park

On the cargo floor of a battered Chevy van,
an old man is working. Lopez Shoe Repair.
Oxfords, monk-straps, derbies, pointed boots & loafers.
Seven days a week.

November 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: My Journey from Marine to Actor — Adam Driver

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez’s “I am not Batman” by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson.

November 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Young: Concession Speech

People don’t understand that the road
to concession is paved with denial.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Julie Bruck: The Latest Dictator

The President is believed to be hiding in the basement. —BBC News

November 16, 2020 · 3 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

Emily Dickinson: I have no life but this

I have no Life but this —
To lead it here —

November 13, 2020 · 6 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: Collection

In my life I’ve gathered maybe five perfect rocks. It isn’t that they were smooth or handsomely speckled with rare minerals. No, they were often misshapen, pitted, easily forgettable.

November 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: The Light in the Marsh Grass

we gave up trying to explain it, gave ourselves
to it—as if we had ingested some hallucinogen
that opened our eyes to what was there all along

November 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

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

George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

Aretha, I apologize for having never written a poem
for or about you, not in all the Hit Parades of years
I’ve grooved to you…

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: I Am Waiting

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder

November 6, 2020 · 4 Comments

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