who won in Iowa?

pure obdurate cluelessness
untethered bubble brain politico
class of entitlement and privilege
rule by those who own the table
Devil take all those so hindmost
never ever called to the meal
time of such supposed great plenty
all wealth accrues to the top
just a system of flues and sluices
always empties into the same hands
and then up the squirming skyward rope
poof! it all goes into the yawning sky
“what evil lurks in the hearts of men”


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.