by Edward Mackinnon
The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.
- Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
I have watched the wars being re-run nightly,
become humane, democretinisation
going forward, going global, light re-
lief and breaking news of conflagration
seamlessly matched and amalgamated.
Morbidity takes forms too numerous
by far even to be e-numerated.
When someone slipped – it’s rare, so humorous –
through the net of managed mendacity,
the anchorman though briefly blown off course
held firm against bare-faced audacity,
cut short and thanked the would-be Trojan horse
for a point of view that was fascinating
and contrarian. Newsman’s worth his corn
of unintended mirth, validating
Gramsci: the old’s dying, the new can’t be born.
Edward Mackinnon's fourth collection is "The Storm Called Progress", published by Shoestring Press.