Skip to main content



  Frédérique Morrel The French artist Frédérique Morrel was horrified to discover that when her grandmother died, all of her handicrafts were thrown away. Since then, she has been pursuing the idea of bringing her grandmother’s works back to life in order to revive the passion that was inherent in them. In the process, she has developed a completely new artistic concept that “ decycles ” unnoticed and unvalued pop artifacts, thus helping them make the transition to a new life cycle.  ** Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of  Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ ghosts ”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then

puppy rolling?


Michael Simms: Puppy Rolling

A poet asked me to write a blurb for the back cover of his new book. I said yes and wrote a few nice things about his poems. He wrote back saying he’d tweaked my blurb and sent the new version. Man, it was nothing like what I’d written. But the thing is, it made me look really smart, like I completely understood the inner workings and meanings of his poetry, almost as if I were living in the poet’s mind when he was writing the damn things, as if I’d stayed up late with him discussing whether fresh as a daisy is, well, fresh enough for a poem, so I said yes, go ahead, use the blurb you wrote, it’s much better than mine because the way I see it, writing blurbs is kind of like puppy rollingSay what, you say. It’s like this: When I take Josie to the dog park she likes to find a puppy, preferably a rare breed like a Shiba Inu or a New Guinea Singing Dog and roll it down the hill. It doesn’t hurt the puppies. In fact, they seem to enjoy being rolled, but sometimes the owner, usually somebody who’s never accidentally dropped a baby or stuck a baby with a safety pin or taken eyes off the kid for five seconds and had to run into traffic to save it, somebody who thinks puppies are fragile, gets upset and tells me to stop rolling her puppy which I can’t really do, my dog having a mind of her own, so we just have to leave the park. All of this explains why when the poetry critic posted a comment saying he disagreed with the blurb I didn’t actually write what could I say – it wasn’t my dog? Instead, I just said I understood his concern over the fragility of American poetry, it being a rare breed and all, and unfriended him.

Michael Simms is the founding editor of Vox Populi. His collections of poetry include American Ash and Nightjar (Ragged Sky, 2020, 2021). Simms identifies as being on the autism spectrum.




Show more

Contact Me


Email *

Message *


a good thing...

a good thing...

Popular Posts