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Most Popular Vox Populi Posts for 2021

At the end of each year, I enjoy compiling a list of the Vox Vopuli posts which attracted the most viewers. This year, for the first time, I’m also noting the single most popular post in each category since VP was founded in April, 2014. If you see an author or title that looks interesting, I hope you’ll visit (or re-visit) the post. Thank you for being part of our community! — Michael Simms, editor

December 30, 2021 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Jesus

Sixteen and running
From my father’s fists
I once tried to jump on a moving train

December 26, 2021 · 10 Comments

Michael Simms: Satan and the Snowman

I don’t have relationships,
the old drunk explained
with surprising wisdom,
I take hostages.

December 18, 2021 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: Dear Vox Populi subscribers

The next VP posts will go live on Tuesday, December 14, with a meditative poem about light and dark by Baron Wormser and a passionate essay about violence against women by Sarah Lahm. You don’t want to miss the work of these two gifted writers.

December 9, 2021 · 36 Comments

Michael Simms: What it wasn’t

It wasn’t bigger than a breadbox.
It wasn’t smooth as glass.
It didn’t smell good or bad
Or have any taste whatsoever.

December 4, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Mac

One of my first mentors was Mac McInerny, an old farmer who hired me when I was 16 to work in his greenhouse and to do handyman repairs for his friends. We drove around town in his beat-up pickup truck delivering gravel and lumber, fixing roofs and planting trees.

November 27, 2021 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: The Door

The first time I saw him
he was a beautiful Irish boy,
an extra in a Synge play…

November 20, 2021 · 23 Comments

Virtual Book Launch! “Nightjar” by Michael Simms, w/ Gerry LaFemina, Gail Langstroth, and Sharon Fagan McDermott — Today!

Poet and classical scholar Rachel Hadas notes that the poems “recall the darkly vatic voice of Brecht’s late lyrics. Yet, Simms always sounds like himself: plainspoken, intimate, vulnerable, courageous.”

November 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Compost

fine white strands
of mycelium reach
into the cells of the woody stalk
and hard husk of sunflower

November 6, 2021 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: Tree of Life

God, like a lazy cop,
Never seems to be around
When you need Him

October 27, 2021 · 23 Comments

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: The Seafarer

I can sing the song if you like,
Go on about the going, the work,
The desperate unendurable days….

September 25, 2021 · 12 Comments

Video: Michael Simms reads five poems of joy and acceptance

Imagine being so in love
The mistakes you make
Keep you on the ground
Imperfect and happy

August 28, 2021 · 21 Comments

Michael Simms: A Conversation with Poet Robert Gibb

‘Having started out as a painter I’ve never lost the sense that I’m working on something that has a tangible existence, separate from my own, and that what matters most isn’t content but the expression of it.’

August 18, 2021 · 9 Comments

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