It’s the structure, actually, it’s the infra-structure,
lost in the literal land, it’s so bad, backwards upside
down, down, down, down I’m so down when I get up
I’m thinking about the Yahoo scrawl report of Koch Bro.
think (not) tank (like some massive military industrial
congressional complex A-1 Abrams rolling monster
death machine tank or is it just the gas tank on the F-35
fighter-bomber jet that’s been killing test pilots for years
that burns through 5600 liters or about 1500 gals./hour)
anyway this think (not) tank is telling us global warming
crisis of swarming viruses and bacteria out of glaciers
and tundra that haven’t thawed out in tens of thousands
of years and dwindling populations of insects and birds
and animals of all types of life threatened with extinction
we’re so lucky to be living in age of fossil fuel-ish vanity
plate elites of hoarding empty condos as homeless peon
persons flood streets and gated communities castle keep
(it all) surrounded by enraged citizens of former middle
class aspiration now awash in law and order crime waves
of escape to underground bunkers or planets un-livable.


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.