"War has colored all of our lives for a very long time."
Is casualty notification at all casual?
Instanteous haplessness =+= with new technology comes earsback pinning
anxiety = you pine.
Generic enbed, embed, in bed those angels dancing on the head of a pin
winning the battle
"They [we] have been monitoring listening posts and flooding the
I hate that it happened to him,
"indoctrinated" us into the Marines way
our media mediated immediated knowledge of war
headlines creep under, crawl along inexorably relaying the underlying
messages quick [or better, as quickly]
Frag news crawls along at camel's pace under the TV picture
Crawling once more under the screen
Along the banks of the Tibris
Clouds billow over Baghdad
Phones on the cutting edge disconnect
Regarding the Pain of Others
Nearby plaque commemorating Grant-
Land Rice's birthplace, Condoleesa
Rice lays out options, shopkeep, Kurd out of Jerusalem, carefully
Camels out of Winston-Salem out of baccy from nearby fields as
Vietnam vet fondles neck of Bud Light shimmers through on shockandawe
headline. Camera shifts to SUV mall miles off. Sex
y ad sublimes isms MONSTER.COM AMAZON ATLAS shrugged.
"in Bklyn over
the last 2 weeks a lone African-American has
murdered 4 Muslims and a few other shop keepers...extropolate
The show will go on tonight
"Invalid option" the computer
announced (snickered, spit out, bellweathered, cajoled underhandedly a
lob I could, I thought, wham outa the park but overcut down into the
today via BellSouth (Cricket, Clickit, Verizontally)
the SSI Disability Examiner stated (uttered, actually he saw the irony
Could be the name for a new school (flock, coterie, collab) of poetry
would have been truer before 9/11 and the latest discovery of the
least in one sense or maybe even enjoin) the trumpets of war].
War is a real danger or a brief bickering TV flicker.
NEEDS A VISCERAL DIMENSION
and then you wonder one day if the word is really the way i wrote it
interesting. had this thought last night
"and then you wonder
the word is really the way I wrote it?
the word is really the way I write it?
they write it?
we write it?
this pen writes it?
this computer writes it?
this ami,ation program zips it?"
Then I got your message and thought of Lu Chi and brush meditators and
something Dmitri Buatov said about the roots of visual poetry and
Pennebaker's research which might say the how you 'say' actually
what you say as in process determines content.
i think aan has done some things along this ine and a lot of people
food for thought,
but for now I'll pick up my train of thought and write my world and
how well off Johnny Paycheck would have died had he not done 'Take This
and Shoved It"?
Their madness, their badness
60 and still
60 and still kiCKing
In the air
These days. Unsaid
Contracted for e-publication if you would contract it or
polish it some
It may be
Ing is by far the more difficult
"I find it harder and harder to keep track of everything I don't do." -
Cayley in private email,
"I wonder; we seem to love poets and poetry for they can express in
so well how they feel, which we can often relate to.
That may be part of the problem?" - response posted to a self-help
"Or part of the solution" - response to response.
poetry helps me
digest the way
the world rumbles
Tom Bell is a psychologist in private practice and a widely published poet. He currently has diagnoses of irritable bowel syndrome and major depression.
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