TWO USAs



Holding Company

USA
is the world’s greatest
aggregation

of river valleys
fringed with
bank accounts

of bound uniforms

of men buried in their
Westerns

of protests
scrawled in laws
dog-eared and
history

of too many too many too many

of rubbed out
margins

of world written in
letters, but mostly
USA

 

Natural Selection

America
got wind
they had died:

trying to influence
in a wasp’s nest,
they had been stung

dead –
hybrid, infidel
evil, this

wasp-Selection
buried America,
Darwin daisies

blooming beside
what they did.
Wasps!

Congregations of,
they believed in
their churches,

infidels,
a volcano of
evil

with never
a thought for Santa
or America.

.

[from USA – John Dos Passos]

.

Mike Ferguson


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