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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Doug Anderson: The Dictator

He built a wall around himself and demanded
that his image be painted on the inside of the wall
looking back so he could imagine the shouts
on the outside were cheers for him

June 6, 2020 · 9 Comments

Doug Anderson: Burning Man

Burning man comes from an instinct and need for carnival, a masking of the respectable self in order to release the animal/imaginative self, but with ritualized decorum and boundaries.

May 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: How it happens

God help me, I don’t know where I’m going.
We hold each other’s hand like children
finding our way home among the closing wolves.

May 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Living Will

For those who loved me I leave nothing because
they require nothing of me and never did and instead
send me on my way, my boat full of burning flowers.

May 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

W.D. Ehrhart: The Farmer

A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.

April 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Letter to Me

Yes, I said, to that other self that younger self that
swaggering young ass
who sewed up his heart with cat gut, yes

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Fool

At seventy-five I find myself in love.
Not the serene love of an old man
steeped in the wine and wisdom of years,
but one who would kill a dragon for her.

March 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

On Friday, we caught up with poet, blogger, editor and activist Michael Simms at his kitchen table where he was preparing his Saturday morning post for Vox Populi.

February 22, 2020 · 22 Comments

Doug Anderson: One More Morning

Let me say that love will not
let me alone. If it has let you alone, go back
and find it where you hid it under a scrim
of scar-tissue.

January 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views. Here is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema.

December 26, 2019 · 8 Comments

Doug Anderson: South of Laramie

And that is the way with love.
Speak only when you cannot help it.
However strange and vibrant the sound.

December 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Original Sin

I don’t know what I’ve done
but I’m guilty.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Landays

Now I have given away all my rage.
Watch the young stride ahead of me into their own mistakes.

November 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Writers Block

Fenster McGraw is crawling out the back window of his lover’s house and stumbling into the alley pulling up his pants, and is spotted by the ever vigilant widow Winnie Wildwood with her nineteenth century naval spyglass who’s had her suspicions about that Wilson woman anyhow

October 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

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