In its warring information bubbles the whole country
and increasingly the whole world may have gone crazy
as in ‘mad as a hatter’ the dis-ease joined at the very hip
with one’s work while I’m still out there now more than
ever tossing curved wings of paper folded so very careful
into miracles of the Great International Paper Plane this
contest of late 1960’s early 1970’s folding it self already
ingenious art form of how space geometric enfolds itself
this technological whorl, a scab in the injuries of spread-
ing empire that leaves us with zero choice so then I take
these intermeshed strands wood pulp once was papyrus
and meditatively contemplate with each careful yes even
exact fold of these peace dove elegant sleek avatars human
aspiration on up into the ever more energetic spiral up-
lifts of Global Climate Warming Change Disaster of the


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.