Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Joseph E Davis: Let’s avoid talk of ‘chemical imbalance’ — it’s people in distress

The idea that one’s distress is primarily caused by a neurochemical deficiency that can be corrected by a drug is a fiction. The idea that it explains first-person experience or that it offers some exemption from responsibility is a fiction as well.

March 15, 2021 · 5 Comments

Gary Margolis: I was Living in a Poem

Lines so plain I didn’t know, at first,
I was living in a poem.

July 23, 2020 · 5 Comments

Judith Sanders: The Farewell

“Picture a staircase,”
the hypnotist said.
“At the top, a door
will open
onto a landscape.”

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Going to See Dr. Jones Out of Loneliness, 1966

You have to get ready
for a more complicated life.
You have to tell him the simple things
don’t know how to put their round heads together.

October 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

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