April 15, 2021


Adam Fagin

from vaulted forms

a year a dark one streams

the city surrounds

itself with televised courage

this affords a view

of an entire generation

in the desert—

one the tabloids dubbed “gordy”—

those hoping

to catch a glimpse

take a picture

revealing the whole

scene was a setup—

a popular retreat

where parking is discouraged

(but some do it anyway)—

is a vacation a monster or murder?

the crime was a plea

placed in police custody


mind blowing

the public thought

across a shapeless city—

form is a dictatorship

conveniently based

on the population’s

use of culture

as disguise or plot—

the world’s only disappearing

which may or may not be convenient

since the country

(a vast notable country)

was last seen in a spaceship exploding

return to SHAMPOO 38