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Thursday, January 30, 2014


by Mark Danowsky

Image source: pundit from another planet

Today, I have heard from innumerable sources
the way it is. I can’t tell you everything
was useful or important or even-
handed or fact checked.
I have handpicked many of the voices
who daily inform my worldview.
If it is a narrow view, well
I have myself
to fault.
Without time for primary sources
on which second tier channels
must we depend upon?
Certainly nothing
We know from binge watching
Genius is a product of one.
Schizophrenia results
when a congress

Mark Danowsky’s poetry has appeared in Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Red River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Snow Monkey and The New Verse News.  His poem "5am Summer Stormwon Imitation Fruit’s “Animals and Their Humans” Contest, in 2013. He resides in Northwest Philadelphia and works for a private detective agency.