Michael Simms has been active in poetry and politics for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He’s the founding editor of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; and the founding editor of Vox Populi, an online magazine of poetry, politics, and nature. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry—and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Michael lives in Mt. Washington with his wife Eva and their dog Josie.


All morning through my window I watch a man building a fence  In my neighbor’s yard. He’s old, Almost as old as I am, too old  For this kind of work. It’s spring— The first blossoms of the apple tree  Spread their light above him.  He lifts and drops The post-hole digger all morning.  At …

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