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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

Helen Benedict: Unequal Mercy

Most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.

December 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Nightmare of Power

Over and over, I read and hear about power. The United States is a power, a great power, a super-power locked in ineluctable contests with other powers that pundits comment … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Abby Zimet: Ukraine’s Battle of the Somme

Putin’s bloody debacle in Ukraine reflects a system “in which medievalism meets Stalinism meets dark farce.”

December 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Erecting Stones

Here, in Congo Town, I’m picking up debris
from twenty years ago. Some remnants of bombs
and missile splinters, old pieces of shells from
the unknown past.

November 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

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

Wayne Karlin: The Lotus Eaters

And so he returned to Ithaca:
walked naked from the sea
and saw his shadow
fall on the white marble

November 11, 2022 · 11 Comments

Kelly Denton-Borhaug: The Intolerable Price You Pay

More than 17 of you veterans take your own lives every day. And you live with all of this, while so much of the rest of the nation fails to muster the will to see you, hear you, or face honestly the American addiction to war.

November 11, 2022 · 8 Comments

Valerie Bacharach: Night, Descending

Night explodes in fractures of shining glass.
Sidewalks hold storefront fragments,
deadly crystals glitter,
almost beautiful with still-red blood.

November 9, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rev. William J. Barber II, Karen Dolan: This is an Election Americans Cannot Afford to Lose

The stakes for America’s poor and low-income families are huge this election.

November 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Richard Cambridge: In Medias Res

Tom, the eldest son of Daniel and Helen Brownson, tells his parents he has dropped out of college. He is now in the crosshairs of the draft board and will be re-classified 1-A — a good chance he will be sent to — and possibly die in Vietnam.

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Yahya Frederickson: Duqq

I believe only the desert
can know the aridity
of cardamom, coffee, and ginger.

October 27, 2022 · 4 Comments

Chris Hedges: Writing on War

And Living in a World from Hell

October 26, 2022 · 4 Comments

Christine Rhein: People used to ask

my father for advice — how to fix
a chimney crack,
a sagging porch, how to realign
a patio — bricks upheaved

October 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

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