Agent Orange Head, ultimate Corporate Caesar, the epitome of neo-liberal president
(not as an ideologue but because he is the personification of the transactional man)
who sees his every action through the lens of his own self-interested maximization
not just of profit but of power of control of tons of pounds of flesh in vengeful vigor
of retaliation for any slim slight much loss and he is still in office slowly painfully now
just absorbing like the BLOB his great loss by exactly the same electoral college count
that he called a landslide four years ago while every other Monday I find myself going
to meet with a small coterie of protestors to stand with our signs and speak with mike
to demand the release of Julian Assange who after over a year of house arrest and then
eight years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in sanctuary in London was removed
finally to be held in solitary under strict anti-terrorism protocols denied even private
meetings with his lawyers and awaiting decision on U.S. extradition to face charges
that could put him in the U.S. maxi-prison for 175 years out in Florence Colorado and
all because he published the Wiki-leaks documents from Chelsea Manning of the Iraq
and Afghanistan war logs that allowed journalists to prove war crimes of assassination
and torture in those occupations where the U.S. (that is us) still has thousands of troops
and the security apparatus of Agent Orange Head’s deep state goes into wild paroxysm
of indignation when Agent Orange Head attempts to remove some of these forces even
as he threatens Iran with a new super missile system he had brought into Iraq while still
in denial that he has lost the election and keeps stirring up heavily armed cult followers
who have plotted to kidnap governors in multiple states in which the death count (and
the count of the infected with long term multiple medical issues of multiple organs) rises
past a quarter of million dead and over eleven million infected but the ill Julian Assange
is dwindling away in solitary on a prison unit where several prisoners just tested positive
for the virus and Agent Orange Head is still stewing in his own vengeful juices behind
the new walls he recently had built around the White House (still built by black people).


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.