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Angele Ellis: Midnight in the Backyard of Lust and Longing

In her new poetry collection, Alexis Rhone Fancher Boldly Explores the Landscape of Sensuality 

May 18, 2023 · 5 Comments

James Davis May: Out Too Far

His wife, he’ll find out later, is worried
he hates them. How to tell her
that he sometimes doesn’t know how
he’s ended up in bed?

May 17, 2023 · 10 Comments

Svante Myrick: Armed and Afraid

As more senseless shootings claim lives, it’s time to turn away from apocalyptic rhetoric and focus on what actually makes us safer.

May 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

Note from the editor of Vox Populi

Dear beautiful people: You may have noticed that in the last few weeks some of Vox Populi’s posts go out to you as blank pages. Actually, the color of the … Continue reading

May 15, 2023 · 10 Comments

Dawn Potter: Late April

Ghosts shimmered on the broken doorstep,
rising through dust to become my own new skin

May 15, 2023 · 12 Comments

Video: John O’Donohue | Beanacht

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

May 14, 2023 · 6 Comments

Claude McKay: December, 1919

‘Tis ten years since you died, mother,
Just ten dark years of pain,
And oh, I only wish that I
Could weep just once again.

May 13, 2023 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard: Nameless Pain

I should be happy with my lot:
A wife and mother – is it not
Enough for me to be content?
What other blessing could be sent?

May 12, 2023 · 3 Comments

Greg Lobas: Her Animal Self (corrected version)

hit the brakes so hard it almost sent her back in time. A minute would do. Even a few seconds, just before the van rocketed over the rise, launched into … Continue reading

May 11, 2023 · 5 Comments

Greg Lobas: Her Animal Self

Hanging by a shred of flesh
next to the silky, glistening club of her ankle joint,
is a dangling puppet of a foot without the strings.

May 11, 2023 · 11 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: The Army We Don’t See

In 2019, there were 50% more contractors than troops in the U.S. Central Command region that includes Afghanistan, Iraq, and 18 other countries in the Middle East, as well as Central and South Asia.

May 10, 2023 · 2 Comments

Mike Vargo: AI and the Quantification of Everything

As someone who in fact aced the SAT and similar tests — but who then goofed off probably more than he should’ve at a fine university, and who in adult life has displayed episodes of colossal stupidity — I would not trust any attempt to put a number on a person’s intelligence.

May 9, 2023 · 8 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Ode to American English

no one uses
the King James anymore, only plain-speak versions,
in which Jesus, raising Lazarus from the dead, says,
“Dude, wake up,” and the L-man bolts up like a B-movie
mummy. “Whoa, I was toasted.”

May 8, 2023 · 13 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Holy War

What resides within Christianity… is the God-person whose life and times were radical and disruptive.

May 7, 2023 · 2 Comments

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