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Michael Simms: Angela fell in love with her monkeys

Hearing about Angela’s monkeys
And thinking of Winchester
Barking at the bursting sky
Reminded me of Moondog

May 29, 2021 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Consider the Hummingbird

Consider the hummingbird
How like the mind it is

May 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: American Ash (text and video)

Old warriors rarely
say anything about
people they killed or
horrors they saw

April 24, 2021 · 10 Comments

Michael Simms: Coming to Terms

There is no lasting happiness
in this world, only
particles of happiness,
fleeting, unpredictable,
transitory as a fragrance
or a falling leaf

April 10, 2021 · 28 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye & Michael Simms: Writing Prompt # 7 | Dear Vaccine

As we enter our new lives
will we remember
the faster we moved
the sicker we got?

March 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Envoi

Who will inherit
The warehouses
Of the dying?

March 21, 2021 · 14 Comments

Michael Simms: The Trojan Women

The slaves in the dark hold of the ship cannot climb out or go back to where things went wrong. There’s no light, no voice of comfort, just chaos and darkness where they have to find their own peace without the kindness of others.

March 14, 2021 · 14 Comments

Video: Men need to talk about their sexual abuse

Pastor Seth Shelley takes us on an emotional and at times difficult journey about male sexual violence. He brings forward his own story of sexual assault to ask men to open up about their personal stories too.

March 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Vox Populi: You are invited

You are invited to attend a reading by some of the most talented poets in the country. The time is 8pmET Tuesday, March 2.

March 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Vox Populi: A note from the editor

Please forgive this blatant self-promotion, but I want to share with you a link to a review of my new collection of poems American Ash in the highly regarded and popular magazine Cultural Weekly, curated by Alexis Rhone Fancher.

February 6, 2021 · 20 Comments

Michael Simms: Dust

The distinct nothingness of my life
suddenly seems glorious,
a particle of dust dancing in the light
beside eight billion others

January 24, 2021 · 33 Comments

Michael Simms: The Dark

The park ranger herded us down
the chained path sloping into the earth
until we came to a cathedral
where columns of rock caught the light
and shimmered.

January 7, 2021 · 29 Comments

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December 26, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: The Great Conjunction

I think of the sun rising between
great standing stones,
and the Persians gathering for Yaldā Night
to eat pomegranates
and recite the poems of Hafez.

December 21, 2020 · 10 Comments

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