The dots of the screen are projected
onto the cells on the back of our eyes.

The light through the phosphor bathes
our whole body in a luminescent sheen.

We float on the surface of its program
but are immersed in its glowing shimmer.

Propaganda appears to take over it all
and image seems to displace all content

While actually it is our form that changed
and consciousness that will never be
                                               the same.


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.