Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stateside


Stateside


We've harvested the souls of
dead creatures, harnessed the
philosophies of dead thinkers
and have become pensive. Our
collective knowledge has left
us expectant, already brimming
with what is known beneath the
surface, we will cut you to the
point. We must take a poll. We
have no need to be direct or
indirect, we only believe what
we are shown, no need to decide
whether or not its true.
Western philosophies, Western
culture, legends of the past
all ingrained in these scandals
to make history books like fiction.
We're merely turning the pages
of fresh discovery and finding new ways
to make headlines, new ways to shut up
even Shakespeare at his peak. He
never saw this coming, and I wonder
if we will, because we still have
the ability to change things. This
is no crackpot idealist chant to
rally the nation to a historical
pinnacle, no pretentious suit orating
and gesticulating without regard for
humanity. This why we speculate,
making art and business out of
possible analysis, as if the
people really mattered. And
in our text books they'll tell
you plainly in a language so
ambiguous the truth will seem
right because it doesn't seem
wrong—there's no need to be
divided on the issue. Even our
culture is based on what's
popular as the individual
has been weeded out to an
anonymous figment of our
imagination, pure fiction
on the television screen,
an icon on our laptop
totally irresponsible
without conscience
to exist.

--Michael Aaron Casares is the editor of Carcinogenic Poetry and owns/operates Virgogray Press, an indie press working out of Austin, TX that specializes in poetry chapbooks and anthologies. His work has appeared in several recent online and print publications. He has authored four collections of poetry with Virgogray, New Polish Beat and Shadow Archer Press. Michael also paints; his work can be seen at the Calcasieu Gallery and other venues in San Antonio, TX.

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