2.05.2017

Dear Julia

Living on Magazine
there’s no time for novels
op-eds only
fiction if we’re lucky
serialized over months or years
They think proles want glossy girls
with clever captions

Soon there will be no fiction
just approved opinion
Magazine
will be renamed Truth Street
No poets here
but writers for the Overground
and readers of regret

For Flash 55 Plus! in the Imaginary Garden

11 comments:

  1. Your title is inspired! This conveys all the 'grey-ness' of Dystopia, so dreary with creativity reduced to the banal. I could have wept at the last three lines.

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  2. This is soo very poignant, Marian! Incredibly penned!

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  3. The idea of a world of "just approved opinion" and no fiction makes me quake in my boots. Well, in my socks, but there is quaking nonetheless.

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  4. see 1960's China and present day North Korea ~

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  5. '...readers of regret..' indeed--Magazine life, and all the restaurants are Taco Bell--serving cleverly disguised Soylent Green. Sharp as an un-trumped neuron, Marian.

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  6. fiction... serialized! It can happen, as Grapeling points out...

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  7. Wonderful - am trying to read more novels these days--relief and its own form of resistance as you point out--really well done, Marian. k.

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  8. Soon there will be no fiction
    just approved opinion...gosh that's dire. Hopefully not.

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  9. I love, 'approved opinion', and 'writers of the overground.' Great poem!

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  10. Big smile at the biting humor in this.

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