On a morning of polar vortex cold the Yahoo! Scrawl greets me
with this red, white and blue enigma the leftover from previous
night’s wing nut wild orgy, a blinking criss-cross of platforms and
ramps that forms something I’ve seen before and quite recently
also on the internets but previously on youtube where there right
before my eyes held forth this winsome character of Dutch learning
before the old fortified Poort, the remnant gate of Haarlem Holland
my grandparent’s ancestral home town of many centuries fragment
lost almost, the Poort still preserves abstract form leftover, leftover
it turns out according to my video guide it still preserves these abstract
forms even actually in the towering walls of de Grote Kerk, that is
the great church, yes, there they are shadows of Hanseatic League’
perhaps, embedded on the hinge point of trade from the Baltic Sea
and all the way from the Black Sea up the Danube through passes
and down the Rhine River Valley where once Hadrian built wood walls
to mark the northern boundaries of Rome and the money economy
displaces the people off the land to where precarious existence foments
social ferment the home of millennial pursuits and scapegoat cults
until far across the western sea and about a thousand years of hard
times the 21st century version in a country that talks only of its own
short history, just such a cult has taken the “odal oh-uh” sound rune
(misappropriated by the nazis in the last great world crisis) and turned
it into a set, a stage at C-PAC supposed conservative convention when
clearly they are without conventions and have no respect for history or
                                                the past.


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.