Pursuit of the Millennium Weds the Origin of Capitalism

in my bag I have accumulated three books so The Pursuit of the Millennium rubs
backs with the Origin of Capitalism and my bag is backed by the Mechanical Bride
and I think I might be back in Watford England where my ancestor’s left back
in the 1500’s first for London and then in next generation in 1635 for Virginia
Watford a place once raided by Northmen chased out by Alfred the Great now
a Muslim enclave where once a upon a time John Ball of John Ball’s Rebellion
preached a sermon of egalitarian revolution on this Genesis inspired rhyme
                          “when Adam delved and Eve span
                          who was then the gentleman”
and we could use a few of those real gentlemen now the menage a trois monster
marriage has been moved across the great grey green ocean where the apocalyptic
evangelical Jesus freaks (back in the day) are in torrid embrace with those sons
of the Mechanical Bride when Agrarian Capitalism has gone global in a special sauce
Industrial Scale Death Cult: the apocalypse material, moral, marital melds new
lost emperor (Corporate Caesar) as always with flashing sword vengeance come out
of his mountainous burial to cut off the corrupt conspiracies and root out the tares
and reign for, yes, you guessed it, a full one thousand years when we will all be the
same together or anyway they will be praying over Agent Orange Head in the White
House (built by black people) who puts his finger wherever he wants when nobody
(himself) can do anything about it especially now that he’s got his finger on the button
(that can really blow up the whole world) apocalypse of class war vengeance come
together nuclear Armageddon the armies of displaced peasants and weavers who used
to kill the Jews on the way to defend Jerusalem from the infidels now ready again
to precipitate with billionaire libertarian dollars the final flash over Zionist Holy Land
and there it All One Thing is everything I need all ready right there in my back pack ….

*The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man by Marshall McLuhan
*Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists
In the Middle Ages by Norman Cohn
*The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View by Ellen Meiksins Wood


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.