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Chris Hedges: The Miracle of Kindness

Take a brief journey through the eyes of American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human.

January 15, 2020 · 5 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

Michael Simms: Scarf

The old man and the blonde woman smiled and waved at me, and I felt a surge of gratitude to be among such decent people in this lovely city in a dark time when the light of kindness seems so rare.

January 1, 2020 · 10 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

Philip Terman: Darwish and Amichai Share Poems in Heaven

the breath of their words
shaping the winds
across the deserts
of their homeland,
which is the same homeland

December 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: Naomi Shihab Nye’s “The Tiny Journalist”

In her latest collection of poems, an award-winning poet explores resistance and hope among the Palestinian people.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: A Surgeon Writes from Aleppo

We are running out of coffins.
The city burns, street by street—
even the stones are catching fire.
Our last pediatrician has been killed.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Dogsbody to the Muse

Sometimes it’s painful to watch a group of poets trying to work a room as if they were politicians. The AWP conference, as the wag put it, is comprised of 15,000 introverts pretending to be extroverts.

August 25, 2019 · 12 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

My Palestinian father named his donkey after you…
Now I think he insulted the donkey.

August 16, 2019 · 6 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Oh, Poland!

My buddy Yolanta invited me over to Park Café to listen to this wizard on the piano, a 17-yr old skinny fellow. I cannot tell you how thin this character was or, for that matter, how long and tapered his fingers and what a master he was at the ivories.

August 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses

For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now.

August 11, 2019 · 12 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel
the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: We are built to be kind

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

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