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Angele Ellis: Dances of Death | In Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling, an experimental young Syrian poet makes his book-length debut in English

What would happen in this vast dagger
If America stopped eating human flesh
For three days?

October 15, 2021 · 6 Comments

Riad Saleh Hussein: Like a Star in the Sky, Like a Buck in the Jungle

Here is a rock and two eyes
Here is a moon, there is a goose
And still there are more things I could not see

July 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: On the Way to Get Chicken Wings We Listen to a Podcast About a Somalian Struggling to Come to America

Most of the others have turned themselves in.
But Abdi is in the basement with his brother.

July 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Riad Saleh Hussein: from Destruction of Blood Circulation

But love letters become time bombs…
Where should I begin?
You said: start from the alphabet’s massacre!

January 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

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

Iman Chahine Sharba: God of Dreams

God passed away empty handed
But with regret
And like a sly boy
Broke with his shoe
the last dry loaf of bread.

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: That Quotation from the Talmud

I understand the world will be what it is
when I’m dead. I sometimes look at my hands
and know they are not mine. This body on loan.

July 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: The Bad Guy

And the woman said to me:
You hallucinate too much
The names of fish and seaweeds
You open the kingdom of your brain day and night for the lost caravans of gypsies

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: A Minyan Plus One

was taken from us on the Shabbat, the most joyous of the holidays, the only holy day even God Himself . celebrates, the emulation of Eden, the day of completion. … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Smoke

Depressed and open like the sea, I stand, angry, coherent and continuous, to tell you about the sea, when the window has two eyes to see my despair, the walls … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: A Serene Evening

This evening is serene, This evening is not calm. I am a man or a pack of dynamite— Under my trench a red goose or a black unicorn. The woman … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Tango Under a Narrow Ceiling

My heart is delicious to take a bite from. It is an alcove for blue rabbits, A shark with fins of stubborn cactus. My heart is delicious to take a … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

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