The gamer troll army has kidnapped Pepe the children’s book sensitive guy artist
avatar of male vulnerability in hands of pure rage driven by self-created social
suffocation technical life squeezed down to virtual reality where no live woman
could want such vanity (surely a crime in and of its frustrated self) until suddenly
I remember the old gift from my ex-wife, wood carving of the ancient shaman frog
with a big circle heart beat drum that I keep next to that William Blake rendition
of St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the way to Damascus riding a horse who has
lost his legs beneath the weight of the enlightened persecutor of his new Master’s
disciples now a believer him self who with the shamanic frog has been called forth
by the legions of the internets evoking his transformative aquatic amphibian nature
egg become tiny tadpole, become being growing arms and legs and then who knows
maybe even a soul even a spirit that must find the way to build up not destroy LIFE


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.