There are no errors in a perfect world
only an endless succession of opportunities
to understand the cosmos in multitudinous ways
that you never could have anticipated
in the wildest brainstorm unimagined:
why would anyone make up a fiction plot
when the story of banal life is so infinitely interesting
“God save us from interesting times” they say
as they make up one ridiculous lie after another
at the Sisyphean task of covering up
their own crimes – torture, murder, fraud –
the assassin of trust and executioner of faith
people just believe all the more since
it’s the only thing left they can do
and the only ones who ever get caught have
become inconvenient reminders of too recent
events with painful associations nobody
wants to talk about now that all is forgotten
there’s the surging successes that don’t look quite
as successful as they were originally labelled
the great gains for the tide of progress
that left so many abandoned high & dry way out on the strand
the ultimate engine of capital formation
cornfused and contused into a debt machine
the empire which can’t exist when the Earth is a village.


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.