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Doug Anderson: Afterlife

My old friends are pretty much the same, a little slower getting out of their chairs, but the who of them always there beneath the skin – soul? I’ve become … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

Audio: Martin Luther King — Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – April 4, 1967 – Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full and unabridged] “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence“, also referred as Riverside … Continue reading

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: I am eating my shame

The dishes are scattered around me and the dogs won’t touch the scraps. You who have condemned me take back what belongs to you, for you are not pure. If … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: In These Times

The fawn was lost, it seemed to me, stumbling through the foggy field and disappearing. I went after it, not knowing why, thought I might help somehow. Wanted to hold … Continue reading

March 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Awakened at two thirty by love

The noise of my life is still sleeping,and the self beneath myself enters the room.I say, I hope I’ve not abandoned you,my better brother. He says, no — I’m here all … Continue reading

February 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Only the hard things remain

Only the hard things remain. That bucket with the bottom rusted out won’t do. That old horse will – see how he still runs toward the barn when he hears … Continue reading

February 7, 2019 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Christmas

When I was a child and miserable and love stopped at every house but mine I’d go to sleep wishing for an angel, that she’d emanate from the dark and … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

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

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