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--editor / Southeastern Florida

AAR history note:  in print 1967 - 1980.  Irregular publications 1980 - 2004.  As ezine 2004 - present. Most of 51 years all together....

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You’ll hear a repertoire of big lies
anywhere you go in the world.
Big lies and big budgets
scrape your money together and then
big voices promise more of
what they can’t provide,
politicians with voice muscles
like Schwarzenegger’s abs.

But a lie is really absence,
a black hole even
where people go missing.
The rest of us press on through their aftermath.
The more of them, the lesser we are.
We need the lies, some say.
They turn the machinery on.

Once a lie is told
it becomes part of the process –
crushes the truth-tellers,
powers up the liars.
Important men and women
are merely one long spiel
spitting from the mouth.
That's where the lies come from.
And the lies get even bigger
so as to quash the ones previous told.

Lies encompass the earth.
May as well accept lies as gospel.
Sure that just gives them bigger teeth.
but at least were all together
when they feed on us.
Look in the mirror if you don’t believe me.
You’ll see the consequences.
You'll find a big lie.



This is all about the American dream,
not calling attention to oneself.
This is suburban house, two car garage.
You don’t belong here.

We plan to endure through our children.
Not paintings. Not performance pieces.
Our life is so precise, so fine.
Your existence is something else entirely.

No, we cannot risk indulging you.
You are not greenbelt.
You don’t belong at our edges.
So pack up our stuff and go.

We don’t need weirdos
trying to raise the stakes and possibilities.
We know what we want.
We’ve found a way of needing it.


John Grey, Johnston, Rhode Island, formerly Australia


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