The real history of cancel culture

when your story was written
your language had disappeared
your songs forgotten
your religion a myth to scare children

the anguish of your women raped
your children enslaved
your men hung from trees

your history and achievements
reimagined and appropriated

when your history was written
there was nothing to write

you will have never died

never lived

Albert N. Katz (he/him) is a 74-year-old retired Canadian cognitive scientist who, after 43 years as an academic, retired and began a new life as a writer of short stories and poetry. His stories have appeared in both speculative and mainline literary magazines, including Allegory, the /tEmZ/ Review, Otherwise Engaged, and Kansas City Voices, where his story “Hocus-Pocus” won the 2020 flash fiction competition. His first mystery thriller, “Tiny Packages” has just been published in the Anthology “Murder Mystery Mayhem” (Nordic Press, 2022). In addition to those published previously in Dissident Voice, his poems have appeared in Ascent, Abyss & Apex, Backchannel, and Rattle among others. He currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife and two rescue cats. Read other articles by Albert N..