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Doug Anderson: Purity and Politics

We live in an age of tarnished idols. Picasso was a womanizer, drunk with his own success, having been born into the pivotal moment of modernism and thus achieving more … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Viet Thanh Nguyen

. As part of the Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversation series, Viet Thanh Nguyen is introduced by Maxine Hong Kingston, then reads from his work. Recorded March, 2017. . Viet … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

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Vox Populi now has 10,000 email subscribers. Every day we publish a carefully curated selection of poetry, essays, videos, music and art. Our regular contributors include Naomi Shihab Nye, Stephen … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · 30 Comments

Doug Anderson: Sfumato

The wall crumbles and the world floods in. Put down my sword and shield. May you free fall into me. Of all the names for love, this. Da Vinci knew … Continue reading

October 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: I am always in love

I am always in love because that is what we are here to do. It feels like dyspepsia when it can’t find its object or its object is abstract. It … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: I don’t know what a self is

I don’t know what a self is maybe it’s all the fear and hurt collected in a life, a shield of scar-tissue where, beneath, the true heart lies, destitute, held … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Bone Song

The Russian bone connected to the vote scam bone, the vote scam bone connected to the wingnut ignoramus bone the wing nut ignoramus bone connected to the Nazi bone, the … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: Three Poems

Septuagenarian Sitting alone in late summer twilight sipping cold sake   reading the obituaries of my friends . To Margaret, the Librarian It was a librarian who first showed me … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: With the Light Dying

They were a sad lot, thought themselves the last of the righteous. Their ideas dead inside them, they armed their ignorant legions against the inevitable, thinking (in spite of their … Continue reading

June 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Binge

War comes to visit me once a day. I can’t get rid of him. He’s grown old and hates himself. I stopped a quarter century ago, but he still drinks … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Numbers

She’s had a few drinks, looking over my shoulder with her breast against my back. I’m showing her something about her camera and I guess because I’m seventy-four she thinks … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Boat

Give me the humility of the physicist who knows how little we know of anything. Four percent is measurable and we don’t know the meaning of even that. All this … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: After Mahmoud Darwish

How, in this tangle of wire and garbage and the noise of Babylon with its million horns can I talk to the moon like a Bedouin leaning into the cold … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Wings

Been so long since I’ve been loved, even touched, I told her, with no pity in my voice, just fact, and she reached over and took my hand in both … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · 5 Comments

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