The screen world cut the uni-verse in half like a French guillotine
revolutionary act falling on necks of silent generation birthed into
depression and world war overflowing crisis genocide atomic bomb
while we born in the shock wave resonating already to next blast
of already developing , deployed and in fact Imperial Empire passing
the torch while we were abiding the psychic touch of the Tele-vision
all black and white and then color old enough to remember first sight
and young enough to be fully dosed actually impressed so impression-

able to those beaming electron automatic shooters of streaming light
on phosphor screen of ever evolving visual play which was all of us there
a ten year generation out on the crashing down wave of change taking
over the world so no wonder we rebelled when they started drafting
us right on graduation day for Vietnam the screen world of current age
war cut the whole All One Thing in half revolutionary screen guillotine
just a quick prophecy of digital divide to come in our middle age cosmos
after the generation gap that split the world into our culture war factions.

 

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.