Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Rita Sims Quillen: Sugar-n-Spice, Etc.

Once we sneaked out of a slumber party
tiptoed onto an icy bridge
still in our babydoll pajamas and
froze our prissy asses off

April 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Good Friday, Fernhill Dump

Standing, a girl-boy, on the junked car in the dump,
some other kids across the dump standing on their cars

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Little Brother

Little Brother charts the transitional time of adolescence when childhood ends and independence comes into fruition.

March 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Chuck Taylor: Cutting

At first, I had no idea why the dogs were in the cages. I heard stories that the dogs were picked up running loose at night through many neighborhoods and delivered in old trucks to the hospital at night. I could tell that many of these dogs had been pets.

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rory Leyva: The Lessons of Mortality

Even though I am only 12 years old, I know my life won’t last forever, and someday I, too, will reflect on my past decisions. We were all born to exist and eventually die, so we have evolved to value things in the context of mortality.

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: What My Daughter Thinks of Herself

My daughter browses a book on puberty.

July 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Parochial Pain

Screened-in porch. In summer. Orchard darkness in a fox pelt of woods. Quiet flat as a dime, as the Midwest itself. I rock, smoke cigarettes. The bead-heads of tobacco smell … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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