Vox Populi

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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 · 25 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

Michael Simms: Civilization and Her Discontents

On the morning of the important day, Civilization woke up on the wrong side of bed again, rolled over and fell on the floor.

December 19, 2020 · 22 Comments

Michael Simms: André Breton and the Birth of Surrealism

The Poem was worried. He’d heard rumors of Rondels in other lands being infested with illogic, and there was no known cure.

December 12, 2020 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: Blue Notes

I think of Fats Waller whose left hand leaped down the keys, showing the path for every jazz pianist who followed, including the great Art Tatum and the minor Billy Joel.

November 28, 2020 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #1 | The Quotidian Poem

This post marks the beginning of a new irregular feature in Vox Populi. I hope readers of Vox Populi, many of whom are writers, will find the prompt helpful in stimulating their creativity.

November 14, 2020 · 25 Comments

Michael Simms: The Turn

It’s the old dancers that fascinate me.
Training everyday as the body resists,
The spirit lifts them into clarity.

November 8, 2020 · 10 Comments

Dear Vox Populi subscribers,

At 7pm tonight the official launch of American Ash, my new collection of poems published by Ragged Sky, is happening. I’ll be reading with two wonderful poets — Joan Bauer and Richard St. John.

October 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Why we must win

The Democrats have to win the 2020 election. Our survival as a nation, and perhaps as a species, depends on removing the criminal organization that the GOP has become and starting our journey to a just society. We owe this victory to our children and our grandchildren.

October 14, 2020 · 7 Comments

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

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