State of the Nation

By Anthony Levin
Poem by Anthony Levin, Right Now

narratives of crisis triennial enticements coal-faced liars           climate deniers nail & splinter cliques manipulation of the meek budget hide ‘n’ seek victim of the week midnight laws history wars ballot dinosaurs facts on all fours estimates poker pornographic mediocre free the stock broker the apathetic voter advance australia fair carceral wear ‘n’ tear pork barrels everywhere #theforeignministershair dog-whistle tour deception couture middle-aged manure border force majeure sordid democracy coked kakistocracy southern cross hypocrisy blue-tie motherfucracy sulphurous shock-jocks mendacious ex-cops bubbles un-popped liberties/garotte

trickle-down

                       –collapse

                                                         fleas     ticks   gnats

                                                         (deadly bureaucrats)

electoral

alley-

cats

dignity cull

rule of law null

cruelty cabal

bystander banal.

 

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