Inauguration

 

The land was there before us

Was the land. Then things

Began happening fast. Because

The bombs us have always work

Sometimes it makes me think

God must be one of us. Because

Us has saved the world. Us gave it

A particular set of regulations

Based on 1) undisputable acumen.

2) carnivorous fortunes, delicately

Referred to here as “bull market”

And (of course) other irrational factors

Deadly smoke thick over the icecaps,

Our man in Saigon   Lima   Tokyo   etc   etc

 

  Published in 1979 in the book Chances Are Few (Blue Wind Press), this poem by Lorenzo Thomas leads off the forthcoming 300-poet, 650 pp. Dispatches Edition anthology Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cárdenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Ruben Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino, Anne Waldman, Tyrone Williams, and Marjorie.Welish .