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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

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

Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved. Palestinians rush to the border fence with … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Philip Terman: All Her Life

Philip Terman?—you don’t know me. I’m Patricia Lamb, Palliative care nurse. Do you know what that means?    I work with patients who are dying.  And I received an odd … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

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