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Rose Mary Boehm: “Leisure” by Hans Magnus Enzensberg

lawn mower, sunday
decapitating the seconds
and the grass.

August 1, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Only You

I woke this morning remembering the room we had in Paris which looked out on the Seine.

June 26, 2021 · 14 Comments

Video: A Sister’s Hope

Jamira Burley should be another product of the system. Instead, she has used the tragedies of her life to reshape her community, and disrupt the status quo.

February 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Most Popular Vox Populi Posts of 2020

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December 26, 2020 · 6 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: Muzot in Winter

A scholar and translator makes a pilgrimage to the Swiss castle where Rainer Maria Rilke finished the Duino Elegies and received the gift of all 55 Sonnets to Orpheus.

March 1, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: The Story of Autumn House Press (1998-2020)

Most literary presses fade away when the founder leaves, so I cannot tell you how much it thrills me that AHP continues into the second generation.

January 5, 2020 · 8 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Mrs. Fields Style Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Myokos or Earth Balance vegan butter, room temperature 1 ½ Cup demara or other organic sugar ¼ Cup maple syrup 2 Egg Replacer eggs, prepared per instructions … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 2 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

Eva-Maria Simms, Michael Simms: Translating Rilke

Every thing is protected
by a grace ready for flight,
every stone and flower
every child at night.

December 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

I broke into tears before the great abbey door because the lament of the elements had overwhelmed my heart.

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Leah Penniman: By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves

Enslavement and sharecropping cannot erase thousands of years of Black people’s sacred relationship with the land.

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: What can we learn from the government shutdown?

The Trump government shut-down, when seen in light of the Republican agenda, seemed like a good idea: government is superfluous, so why not shut it down?

January 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

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