Out with the Old

Reset Poem #7

dams bursting
old Woody Guthrie
singing away those rapids
CCC transcontinental by-ways
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now the baby powder
more TP, every clogging
arterials, arteries
supply chain of the brain

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Turkish coffee dervish
no more, homogenization
homo sapiens plasticized
ambulatory distinction

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body works was a play
on us, each specimen
splayed, posed, future
homeostasis held frozen

they want ionosphere
stratosphere, reflective
mica, surfactants
albedo like confetti

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simple fish and chips
wrapped in daily
grind, muscular stories
the homicides with bromides

Dickens and Melville
Garcia Marquez Lorca
Vonnegut and Voltaire
Sartre and Sontag

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reminiscences no remedy
pre-crime on a dime
fluffery flooding social
network, metaverse

looping lights
onto algae
marine layer lit
with bioluminescence

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we are the satellite, lost
in space, holding dear
demented ideals
we crave new

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Paul Haeder writes about those in-the-trench experiences of people he has connected with. Ground truthing he sees as both an art and necessary in this elite-driven, celebrity-culture plagued society where the stories of those you and I never dine with get in the news. Working with disenfranchised and misbegotten people, he's been teacher, social worker, newspaperman, activist, and marginalized muckraker. Paul's book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years (now going on 17 years) of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his musings at LA Progressive. Read his short story collection, Wide Open Eyes: Surfacing from Vietnam now out, published by Cirque Journal. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.