Poem by Erik Nelson

Artwork © Cesar Valtierra

 

Augmented Reality

Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens
Gotta catch them all!

Government drones spray ferrets with M&Ms
Gotta catch them all!

Dallas County approves aerial pesticide spraying after first case of West Nile diagnosed
Gotta catch them all!

Asian tiger mosquito, linked to Zika, small but steady in number
Gotta catch them all!

How and why God created various animals
Gotta catch them all!

Mice watch out: Larry the cat to stay at 10 Downing Street
Gotta catch them all!

All cats are libertarians. completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence.
Gotta catch them all!

Adorable duckings have abstract thoughts
Gotta catch them all!

Yikes! A boa constrictor found slithering across a Pa. parking lot
Be aware of your surroundings.

It Takes 300 Years To Record All Tree Species In The Amazon
Gotta catch them all!

Why We Missed This Nearby Mini-Planet for So Long
Gotta catch them all!

A Simple Eye Test Could Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease
Gotta catch them all!

South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians
Gotta catch them all!

DC police shootout ends with 5 arrests
Gotta catch them all!

Security fears mount ahead of GOP convention
Be aware of your surroundings.

These Fearsome Dinosaurs Had Tiny Arms Just Like T. Rex
Gotta catch them all!

Investigation: Lawmaker sexually harassed women on job
Gotta catch them all!

Report: Hard-to-Kill Islamic State Commander Finally Dead
Gotta catch them all!

Emmy nominations: Will there be surprises?
Gotta catch them all!

How does a real ghost hunter feel about Ghostbusters?
Gotta catch them all!

Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Ban One-Third of the World From the US
Gotta catch them all!

Donald Trump is getting ZERO percent of the black vote in polls in Pennsylvania and Ohio
Gotta catch them all!

Hillary Rodham Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers
Gotta catch them all!

State Department Reopens Hillary Clinton Email Probe
Gotta catch them all!

Getting Hillary Rodham Clinton records takes more and more time
Gotta catch them all!

How robot, explosives took out Dallas sniper in unprecedented way
Gotta catch them all!

Security robot runs over child in mall, keeps going
Be aware of your surroundings.

Tesla’s Autopilot Driving Mode Is a Legal Nightmare
Gotta catch them all!

28 Awkward Child Stars That Are Now Crazy Hot
Gotta catch them all!

‘Pokémon Go’ leads players to California facility housing sex offenders
Be aware of your surroundings.

Politics|Democrats’ Convention Speakers Will Show Diversity and Stress Inclusion
Gotta catch them all!

Congress Releases ’28 Pages’ That Looks For Saudi Links To Sept. 11 Hijackers
Gotta catch them all!

‘Many dead’ after truck crashes into Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France
Gotta catch them all!

65 arrested after blocking Baltimore expressway during protest
Gotta catch them all!

Turkey Detains 6000 People As Crackdown Widens After Bloody Coup Attempt
Gotta catch them all!

3 More Reported Held in Bastille Day Truck Attack in Nice
Gotta catch them all!

Pokémon GO players break into zoo, others fall off cliff playing game
Be aware of your surrounding.s

Pokemon Go: Bosnia players warned of minefields
Be aware of your surroundings.

Neanderthals ate each other and used their bones as tools
Be aware of your surroundings.

 

Artwork © Cesar Valtierra
Artwork © Cesar Valtierra

 

Erik Nelson is an office drone by day, coffee house poet by night, who chases sea birds, antiques, sirens (the mythical kind), gremlins, and trips to places where memory resides. He grew up on records and tapes, and feels something was lost when audio went digital. He enjoys science fiction fandom but feels something is missing in it, so it is in effect one big lipogram. He believes that something written on a website is both an article and a wave at the same time. He notes that “Augmented Reality” is “a Collage poem made by catching, collecting and evolving internet headlines that were current on July 19, 2016.”

Cesar Valtierra is a graphic designer from El Paso, TX and the creator of the webcomic, Balazo.