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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

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

These fat-free, gluten-free macaroons are pure magic and delicious.  Try out the aquafaba – you won’t miss the egg whites at all.   Ingredients Aquafaba* from 1 can of organic … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

The marriage-bed is the center of happiness
a point from which all things ripple outward,
a nest from which all things learn to fly.

April 22, 2018 · 4 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Parsnip and Apple Soup

This lovely, creamy soup is very soothing and has a great delicate flavor. It’s texture is enhanced by a sprinkling of deep fried parsnip shreds. YIELD:  Makes about 6 cups … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 8 Comments

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