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Sunday, March 06, 2011


by Jen Hinton

fewer experts
more action
fewer pundits
more traction

less analysis
more enlightenment
less useless ballast
more “let’s try it again”

fewer benchwarmers
more foot soldiers
fewer just there to talk
more just ready to walk

fewer professors with quotes
more file clerks who vote
less “fairness and balance”
more viewers with remotes

less fanning the bullshit
more shit hitting the fan
less watching the “Boob Tube”
more pickets on You Tube

less Horatio Alger-dreaming
once divided-and-conquered
now together scheming

less alone-and-miserable
once unseen
now becoming visible

Jen Hinton lives in Schaumburg, IL and has participated in performance poetry and literary readings in the Chicago area. She has five previously published poems in The New Verse News, including "Something For Harvey," nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She is working on a collection of poetry and short stories.