Three Poems

 Suspense

A swan pirouettes across a dimstill lake

Taking air

Rising to hear

A fall

A stumble

The wind catches

No longer breathing

The world is rapturous in its delight

As the swan lands on wrinkled waters

 

Emailed Work

A name without face or voice submits to a lengthy correspondence in the name of survival

 

Capital

The enemy is visible.

The enemy is immense and corporeal.

 

Not inchoate, not surreal

No matter how much the damage it causes may be

 

The enemy is real.

 

It has been defeated. It has not won every fight though it has won many

 

The enemy is visible

The enemy surrounds the enemy betrays

Many and sharp are its knives, though some have been dulled.

 

The enemy is visible

 

The enemy can lose, it will lose

It must lose

 

The enemy is visible.

Capitalism Is Just a Theory

Perhaps the biggest obstacle socialism is currently facing in its fight to gain a toehold in America, other than years of elite hatred of it, is the cloak of inevitability that capitalism has wrapped around itself. Capitalism has gone from being a radical economic theory famously laid out in Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nation’s to being seen in the U.S. as the be-all and end-all of economic thought. Anything that is not capitalism is seen as nothing more than theory or hypothesis that must be proven to be better or stronger than capitalism. This economic framework, fortified in no small part by post WWII cultural and educational institutions, has hampered the development of the socialist/communist movements in the U.S. in a huge way.

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