Now that contemporary is just plain modern
modern this and modern that, oh, so modern
modern that’s the now generation so modern
as if we’re modern, always getting on modern

Progressing right into the new future modern
it’s always a new technological frontier modern
the styles change but growth is ever so modern
oh, yes, growth goes on forever and ever modern

Fill up the whole biosphere with more modern
it’s the only thing robots can imagine so modern
everywhere we look it’s more and more modern
we can’t see where we are for all the new modern

Modern never seeing the pattern we live in modern
it’s Modern Romance that ain’t romantic moderne
it’s porno-graphic body parts ever again so moderne
oh, modern is as modern does is absolutely modern,



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.