Even before they formally controlled power they were
the ones asking who lost China? and seeing communist
propaganda in the not so hallowed studios of the silver
screen censoring comic books the horrors of EC graphic
oh, yes chamber of horrors with blood ax severed head
and limbs tracking the commies, fellow travelers plus
their families always there dog pack perseverance on
ruining lives that, perhaps, the most powerful opposing
president ever ducked his way into Vietnam because so
remembered the end of WWII and Korea so one disaster
beget another as that same prez master politician gave
Tricky Dicky 2 supreme court seats oh so holy Supremes
were conservative majority (again) before Rowe v. Wade
and the cabal that currently controls our highest court
was already circling way back then a full half century
of corporate crime creeps criminal making decisions to
put money over people and turn free speech into cult of
corporate gaslighting the newspapers always rags sunk
to mere shadows of their former fat selves & cable ‘news’
stations defending their lies by going to court to say well
we’re just here to make money, money, money and be so
fair and balanced, indeed, the rotting blighters of this dis-
and misinformation distorters in chief for the masher-in-
chief for the mob for storm of capitol & army of lobbyists
and public relations guys in platoons of men from Madmen
central casting mass media campaign to enforce demons
of body odor and bad breath rotten loathsome pests, bugs
and rodents just waiting there for no other purpose except
over run the cosmos world this great entropy force rusting
fouled pitted disturbed perturbed grand scheme conspiracy
so big you can’t not see it everywhere you both turn as one
true way assailed pulled down this commie coming every
place these entities which never really existed only except
for in the foaming white flood minds of isolated elements
bred by segregation and this hot house bubble that rejects
science in the name of creation and goes to the dead to dis-
inter what never existed twisted history that idolizes the sin
of slavery and turns to say of, this is our great, true freedom.


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.