Not Much Will, by Jennifer Lagier

“I know now traps are only set by me…” – Joan Baez

Today’s installment of dystopic stupid features
Twitter-in-Chief’s frantic, misspelled missives,
Michael Cohen’s 11th hour plea deal,
Paul Manafort’s eight count conviction.

In California, a GOP representative
and his wife are indicted
for using campaign funds
on personal expenses.

Facebook and Microsoft
discover and deactivate
Russian and Iranian sites
spreading disinformation.

The rest of us watch rich white men
stumble and fall,
tripped up by their own
arrogant hubris.

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Confirmation, by Jennifer Lagier

“He’s a man who doesn’t believe in your right to control your own body. A man who thinks you shouldn’t have access to health care, LGBTQ freedoms, or basic civil rights. A man accused of multiple acts of sexual violence.” — Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood

 

The act of confirming a self-entitled preppie
who is both liar and predator
to the highest court of the land
reaffirms what we already know:
federal government exists by and for
rich, obtuse white men who
serve only monied patrons
and their own greedy interests.

A third of the Supreme Justices
have been accused of sexual misconduct.
The message isn’t lost on women.
This is war, a relentless attack
on independence, safety, well-being.
Incandescent rage flares, boils over.
No more turning the other cheek,
ignoring harassment, discrimination.

We are fed up, fighting for our lives,
won’t tolerate one more
instance of being marginalized,
demonized, disrespected, molested.

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Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). jlagier.net

Schoolboy, by Jennifer Lagier

From infancy, he’s been protected,
pampered, adored.
Helicopter parents orbit closely,
make sure obstacles are removed,
bumpy path smoothed.

Despite his lack of effort or attention,
teachers know better than to assign
a failing grade, substandard scores.
Coaches have been put on notice
to make sure he is quarterback,
captain, most valuable player.
Reprimands are challenged, overturned.

High school drinking, sexual horseplay,
all accepted without question,
after all, boys will be boys.
He grows up, self-entitled,
filled with overblown expectations.

As an adult, the world is his oyster,
six figure salary, executive perks,
career advancement assured.
Mentors have his back,
make failures, indiscretions
magically disappear.

He seizes what he wants
without consequences.
A member of an exclusive brotherhood,
he won’t be denied,
grows bigger, bolder, destroys
whoever stands in his way.

Crazy, by Jennifer Lagier

Doubling down on cruel,
racist and stupid,
Klu-Klux-Klanner-in-Chief
bloviates via Twitter.
Calls for immediate deportations
of undocumented asylum seekers,
denying due process.

A clueless FLOTUS
negates her purported
compassionate field trip,
wins the Marie Antoinette tone-deaf award
by visiting child concentration camps
wearing a jacket bearing the slogan
I Really Don’t Care – Do U?

From coast to coast,
untethered authoritarianism
ignites growing bipartisan mutiny.
Awakened people of conscience
stand up, speak out,
refuse to accept one more extremist,
unconstitutional outrage.

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Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). jlagier.net

In the Dust, by Jennifer Lagier

As the Orange Dotard
and Little Rocket Man
posture for cameras,
a threatened world quivers.

Neither has any intention
of delivering more
than instant, superficial
media gratification.

Former allies are denigrated,
demonized, ridiculed
for principled diplomacy
mistaken for weakness.

A new world order
is formed by the antics
of two nuclear-armed
egomaniac toddlers.

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Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). jlagier.net

Haters, by Jennifer Lagier

How soul-dead is
an administration that permits
persecution and murder
of people of color?

How morally bankrupt
is a nation that encourages
seizure and internment
of innocent children?

How poisonous
a political party that abets
repugnant crimes
committed by rabid haters?

How long before
the final inhumane straw
breaks our backs,
ignites overdue revolution?

Intelligence, by Jennifer Lagier

Flaccid Cheeto-in-Chief
suffers severe ADD,
short attention span
complicated by a
complete lack of ethics.

He bloviates lies,
self-aggrandizement,
scurrilous slanders,
delighting his
zombie supporters.

He tells them
he’s the smartest,
most savvy
businessman,
a tough negotiator.

Dictators cunningly
puff up his ego,
command favorable terms
for themselves,
handsomely profit.

NSA spies confess
they’ve known
since 2016 that
the bloated orange one
is a paid Russian agent.

New Complexities, by Jennifer Lagier

Melania has gone missing.
Snarky conjecture ponders
recovery from plastic surgery,
a beating by her husband’s goons,
insurmountable disgust and estrangement.

Rudy, the orange one’s lawyer,
announces his client
is immune to subpoenas
or prosecution for
obstruction of justice.

The internet buzzes
with conspiracy theories,
fresh cruelties
new lunatic tweets,
hateful, racist eruptions.

A complex cancer
of culture and soul
spreads poisonous roots,
saps decency, supplants integrity,
strangles our country.

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Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). jlagier.net

Eulogy, by Jennifer Lagier

It’s been a year of loss, betrayal,
massive upheaval—cancerous mom
wasted to death, husband’s addiction,
extended family stressed, torn asunder.

For decades, I’ve hidden inside
a bubble-wrapped fantasy
of perfect parents, stable life,
tasteful home, successful career.

The past months have brutally
torn away every dreamy illusion,
ground my nose into the dirt
of terminal illness, fracturing marriage.

Now spring brings peace,
downsized expectations,
change of residence,
charming picket fence cottage.

Here’s the new foundation
upon which I will rebuild,
welcome serenity,
realistic existence.

Hang ‘Em High, by Jennifer Lagier

“When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou 

Conservative white male outrage
boils over at the thought of women
in control of their own minds,
bodies, potential.

An Atlantic columnist opines
that those who have abortions
are murderers, should be executed
by public hanging.

Misogyny burgeons
in a country that places
sexual predators
at the helm as leaders.

Sisters gather, organize
vow “No more!”
support female representatives
in record numbers.

 

Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net

National Security by Jennifer Lagier

“While one hand draws up plans for border walls, the other hands out AR-15s to white, male, homegrown terrorists.” –Susan Schneider

When a friend posts on Facebook
how we used to drive around
with loaded guns in our pickups,
I remind him we were farm kids
who packed shotguns or a .22
to take pot shots at beer bottles,
cans, sometimes a pheasant or rabbit.

We are breeding a generation
of unbalanced, violent white men.
Turn a blind eye to abuse.
Tolerate the massacre
of women and children.
Accept NRA bullshit,
spineless legislators,
escalating school shootings.

Show me where in the 2nd Amendment
it confers an unfettered right
to military grade assault weapons,
unlimited ammo.
Insanity is the definition of
repeating the identical actions
over and over while expecting
a more positive outcome.

Stupid, by Jennifer Lagier

Trump plays ventriloquist’s dummy for the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.” – The Daily Kos

Orange Airbag-in-Chief shares his plan
to prevent more school massacres:
eliminate gun-free zones,
arm all the teachers.

He reads from NRA crib sheets,
ignores pleas from shooting survivors.
News reports reveal that an armed security guard
stood outside while kids were slaughtered.

Families of victims beg for an assault weapon ban,
longer waiting periods, tighter restrictions.
Politicians collect their twenty pieces of silver,
offer prayers, refuse to consider tough legislation.

Nomad by Jennifer Lagier

I wake among remote dunes
when cold beach sand
ices my bones,
beard sparkles with frost.
The adopted Australian Shepard
who contributes body heat,
barks at unwanted intruders,
stirs, stiffly rises, stretches,
expects to be fed.

I panhandle what I can from commuters
paused at the freeway exit stop sign.
Score enough to purchase Red Bull,
dry kibble at the 7-11, then meander
to the wetlands gathering spot
where fellow homeless men,
shaken from coastal thickets by sunrise
congregate beneath a fallen willow.

We hoist a torn red tee shirt,
claim this bruised territory
our brief sanctuary
where we’ll bullshit, pass the bottle,
eventually pass out in the afternoon sun.

Ellis Island Reversal by Jennifer Lagier

Lady Liberty has been laid off,
torch extinguished,
welcome plaque censored,
toll booth installed.

Immigration has been demonized,
myth of terrorists overrunning borders
propagated by white supremacists,
spread by Faux News.

We’ve forgotten our foreign grandparents,
herded through cattle chutes, taken ashore.
Their stooped backs, straining shoulders
pushed the nation’s economy, democracy’s cogs.

Now hate-inflamed extremists
drape themselves in Confederate flags,
march through America’s corrupted heartland,
wave flaming torches, blood dripping clubs.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming publications: Like a B Movie (Feb. 2018) and Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net

Tiny Agonies by Jennifer Lagier

Camille sips hot coffee,
scrolls through Internet headlines:
Porn Star Says Trump Bad in Bed;
Nuclear War, Extreme Weather
Top List of 2018 Threats;
Marathon Running Mom, 10-Year-Old
Boy Latest Flu Victims;
China space station packed with
‘CANCEROUS chemicals’
to crash into Earth ‘within MONTHS’.

She is fed up starting every morning
with elevated blood pressure, wanting
to vaporize Washington DC,
exterminate White House residents,
migrate to a remote forest
or desert island
to escape rampant stupidity.
There aren’t enough bong hits
to erase oppressive, offensive reality.

Instead, she drags out magic marker,
a huge sheet of poster board,
creates a protest sign
with scathing message, pointed graphics.
She’ll share her anger and energy
with vibrant, vocal, voting females.
at the local Women’s March,
Together, they will oust inept,
sexist clowns currently in power,
bring back intelligent, humane behavior,
take over all levels of government,
make the world sane.

President Turd by Jennifer Lagier

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” – Donald J. Trump

 

The statue of liberty weeps as
right-wing Panderer-in-Chief
disparages dark-skinned immigrants,
labels them undesirable, unwanted.

He prefers white folks, like Norwegians,
encourages their unfettered migration
into the cesspool of what once was
an egalitarian, welcoming land.

Republican enablers down pedal his racist vulgarity.
From the other side of the aisle, a handful
of outraged politicians take the xenophobic dotard
illegitimately inhabiting the White House to task.

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Dr. Jennifer Lagier
http://jlagier.net

They’ll Learn the Real Story Soon Enough by Jennifer Lagier

For every stone Mueller overturns,
up squirms money launderers,
Russian trolls, berserk Neo-Nazis.

Republicans collaborate
with Faux News talking heads
to dismiss treasonous findings.

America assumes hatred
will bring back
mythical “good old days.”

A dystopian paradise for wealthy white men.
No uppity women, labor unions,
people of color.

Each day, they dismantle, destroy,
conveniently forget blatant oppression
brews revolution.

Christmas Gift by Jennifer Lagier

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

While children and indigents starve,
survive in alleys, cardboard box ghettos,
fat-cats celebrate the Prince of Payola
who has just given them a generous
Christmas gift of inordinate tax cuts.

Pharisees and their sycophants
repossess temples, erect golden idols.
A harsh regime suppresses free speech,
replaces truth with self-serving commercials.

A rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem
where he lifts his leg, pisses on the poor.
An antichrist brutally seizes the throne.
Timid kings keep their distance.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books of poetry, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review. Her forthcoming books include Like a B Movie and Camille Mobilizes, both scheduled for publication by FutureCycle Press. Visit her website at jlagier.net

The Arena by Jennifer Lagier

The latest of President Pussy Grabber’s

crude, clueless appointees

has lasted less than ten days.

Fired after ranting on video

“I’m not Steve Bannon,

trying to suck my own cock.”

The Mooch eagerly fluffs

batshit Cheeto-in-Charge

as his fed-up wife

files for divorce.

 

Pundits guess

how long other staffers

will remain before

they are thrown under

the vindictive orange bus

or voluntarily abandon

a sinking clown car administration.

 

On Face the Nation,

one talking head

predicts an immediate pivot

to more dignified behavior,

fewer embarrassing leaks

now that there’s a

new sheriff in town.

 

Wanna place any bets?

The Longest Gamble by Jennifer Lagier

The presidential apprentice

gambles for ratings,

pardons a racist sheriff

to pre-empt sentencing

for his conviction,

then incarceration

 

After U.S. threats

of fire and fuy,

North Korea launches missiles

that sail over northern Japan.

The skies fling hurricanes,

tornados, 50 inches of rain.

Flood waters rise, cover red Texas.

 

It’s a feeding frenzy

of conspiracy theorists,

right-wing radicals,

climate change deniers

whose crackpot beliefs

now pervert the White House.

 

We’re on our own during

democracy’s deconstruction,

Constitutional crisis.

Ethics, integrity crumble.

Russia laughs; their boy is in charge.

Treason, corruption, hypocrisy burgeon.

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Jennifer Lagier currently hides among sand dunes at the edge of the Pacific Ocean to escape the ongoing decline of discourse and democracy in the U.S. Website: jlagier.net