Big Tent, big flap, The General, one monk warrior
our adult in or at Defense (which they insist on calling
what was once known as the War Dept.) never before
happened like this they say resigned in protest over
troops being withdrawn from Syria where they have
been occupying about a quarter of the country since 2016
in alliance with the poor Kurds who are so poor because
we, the U.S. keeps on abandoning them over and over
but the letter of resignation more generally (or is it
generalistically) says AGENT ORANGE HEAD that one
in the White House (still built by black people) doesn’t
understand all those alliances of 70 years since the events
(which really is about World War VII or VIII or maybe
even X or XI or might be they want to make it a neat dozen)
except there’s this foul, dysfunctional, polarized paralysis
hulk of hate at the labyrinth center of the they say USA
we say SUV heart of darkness in the oval office swallowing
them up Minotaur Military Industrial Complex Penta-gon


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.