Just as I’m going out into one of the Wizard Blizzards of 2018
they announce the firing of the Sec. of State to be replaced
by the head of the C.I.A. (who will be replaced by his deputy
a career intelligence officer who actually ran the Black Site
torture center in Thailand, the inspiration for the character
of the hero(ine) of the Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty
which was made to spread the meme/lie that torture obtained
the information which led to the location and assassination
of Osama bin Laden) and hearing this is like tumblers turning
deep in the vault, tiny vibrations that make neck hair stand up
the way that animals anticipate earth quake and flee for high
ground before the water pulls back from the shore in Tsunami
all the flashing signals that have been going off red, then yellow
alternate beams going on and off, off and on at the Korean tip
of China and the strategic edge of the old Russian Empire’s once
southern push while all Agent Orange Head in the White House
has to do is bollix up the meet with Rocket Boy (as he calls that
hereditary leader) or cancel old Obama’s last legacy achievement
ha! ha! ha! simultaneous proving to N. Korea the U.S. (that is us)
can never be trusted to keep a deal and there we are thousands of troops
and thousands more contractors surrounded (with the Kurds) exactly
in the same place where a major part of the Armenian Genocide actually
happened , the N.E. corner of Syria where Sykes-Picot in 1916 drew
the line to demarcate their new colonies in the “Middle-east” that is
Lebanon to divide off the French coast of Syria and Kuwait for Britain’s Iraq.


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.