Perhaps, finally we all have these super dense centers,
anyway, always in revolt we do haul them round with us
often feeling if we might have to throw them right on up
or that they will crawl up our insides and out our bottoms.

And all the while we’re spinning through those very coils.
And every revolution sends out another piece of old scrum.
We’re wheeling around and around and around the circuits
blasting out radio signals from our flaky brittle iron crusts.

We’re trying so hard but it seems no one will ever understand.
How do we all bear this monstrous weight in our very living guts?


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.