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Monday, April 21, 2008


by Steve Hellyard Swartz

Email in Lincoln's day
Instant Messaging in Alexander the Great's
Video games in Jefferson's
Credit cards in Emily Dickinson's
Keno in Descartes's
GPS in Bret Harte's
Drive-Thrus in Walt Whitman's
Hallmarks in Harriet Tubman's
What if
George Bush
High from the rush and the black spewing gush
Of a Midland/Odessa hardon
Kissed the pre-Jihadist Osama Bin Laden
What if hippies really had stopped the war
And Bush, with his heart turned to mush,
Whispered (in his real voice, the voice which derives
from his Connecticut core)
What on earth
Are we fighting for?

Steve Hellyard Swartz's poetry has appeared in New Verse News, Best Poem, switched-on guttenberg, levelpoetry, and The Kennesaw Review. An Honorable Mention winner in The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Competition, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, and the Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award, Swartz will be published in The Paterson Review and The Southern Indiana Review in 2008. In 1990, his film Never Leave Nevada opened in Dramatic Competition at the U.S. Sundance Film Festival.