The Louder He Talked of His Honor
The Faster We Counted the Spoons
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

So now we can see
From fact free zone
America Is Great Again
The news is a litany
In an uninformed screen
Through which we look
Ever more fully ignorant
Proscribed word-less
Nothing matter meme
Gut reaction retraction
Snail antennae touch
Signals the whole body
To envelope the world
What shitty load datum
Reverberating ditto-heads
Worked up into a lather
Cheap Trump junk dump
Cheap junk Trump dump


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.