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Michael Simms: My Recent and Forthcoming Books

Vox Populi doesn’t usually include advertisements, but I hope you will indulge me when I let you know that my recently published books are available.

December 7, 2022 · 14 Comments

Wayne Karlin: Butch in Autumn

Run ahead again,
old friend,
I’ll catch up with you later.

December 6, 2022 · 11 Comments

Uttara: Fire

As dawn was breaking,
wisdom rose in the east—
and set fire to the long dark night.

December 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

For Indigenous people in the U.S., food is considered a sacred gift. Healthy and bountiful produce is received when we care for the land.

November 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: Foster’s Pie Pan

He was a kind and gentle old fellow with a smudged face and scruffy beard. On his best days he appeared as tarnished and weather-beaten as his tin pie pan still does even now.

November 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Poem For My Birthday

Send me a heart of gratitude for this long afternoon
of goldenrod light falling across my typewriter
and a sky so blue I want to bite it like an apple.

November 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Leonard Susskind | Why Black Holes are Astonishing

Black holes warp space and time, squeeze matter to a vanishing point, and trap light so that it cannot escape. Black holes, with masses millions or billions times that of … Continue reading

November 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lasse Söderberg: The dead children in the Tajo River

They have left the city
and their blind games
under the white bone of the sun

November 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

Erma Bombeck: Housework Can Kill You If Done Right

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

November 19, 2022 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why We Should Try Talking to the Dead

After my father’s death, my mother kept talking to him.

November 18, 2022 · 8 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: The Next Big Thing

Oh, beautiful death from the sky!
Please, do not strike me
Or my dark tree.

November 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Journey We All Must Take

When you’re a knee-scabbed, scruffy looking kid, a tree-climbing ruffian hanging from the neighbor’s crab apple tree and running away from some irate neighbor after soaping up his car windshield, on Halloween, you don’t know it but you are the unacknowledged expert of what it means to be living in your pre-pubescent body.

November 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Sustenance

It’s hard to remember we swim in an ocean
of great love, so easy to fall into bickering
like little birds at the feeder

November 13, 2022 · 11 Comments

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