“You’re just hetero-phobic.”
              Response of straight pride marcher to a journalist’s
              interrogation of his motivations.

When the wing nuts (very finally)
start to use the Movement memes
and then take on Movement practice
then we can so certainly really know
all that they said was impossible
and all that would “never happen”
is a done deal that the deal makers
never intended but first fomented
and then spread and finally, yes
ever so finally is now just how
the world actually starts to work
even as the larger structure society
it self will not ever be the same again
and whatever happens will not be
this thing nostalgic and suffocating
in its pretensions that did not exist
in the first place: this giant act
of rejection of life itself while still
they go on pretending there is no
Movement there is no change so, so
desperate for it all to finally be over.


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.