Friday, May 24, 2013

"Seriously" & "Pop Culture Propaganda"

Below the fold: "Pop Culture Propaganda".

by Carl Nyberg

If I could ask American men one Q
Why did you let the system
Cut off you balls?

You know you're losing ground
And you blame the Blacks?
The Mexicans?

The liberals gave up on integration
Blacks overwhelmingly live
Segregated and unequal

You're gonna blame the Mexicans
Doing shitty jobs
At shitty wages
For keeping you down?

Instead of fighting for your families
You blame people
Who aren't the problem

And you wonder why
No one respects you
Hell, you don't respect yourselves

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Robots Killing Men"

The poem below the fold needs work. I would like some feedback on which ideas and metaphors work for you.

What should be salvaged in the next attempt at wrestling with remote controlled weapons?

Monday, May 20, 2013

"Thoreau Hawks Viagra On TV" and "Nagasaki Chinese Restaurant"

Henry David Thoreau Hawks Viagra On TV 
by Carl Nyberg 

Dear American male, 
Maybe your're impotent 
Because you've gone from 
Quiet desperation 
To cowering for a paycheck 
For ripping someone off 

Friday, May 17, 2013

"Leverage To Move the World" and "First Night in Phnom Penh"

Who Wants the World Moved? or Leverage To Move the World by Carl Nyberg

Archimedes said,
Give me a long enough lever
And a fulcrum on which to place it
And I will move the world
I respond
Give me a compelling enough metaphor
And a fulcrum on which to place it
And I too will move the world

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"America Sucked Dry" & “'Real Americans'”

"America Sucked Dry" by Carl Nyberg

Why should your politicians
Or anyone else
Respect you?
You choose to be lied to
To avoid challenging
Those with power
And to avoid
Your national myths
And bullshit stories
You deserve to be
Sucked dry by the
Banks and
Maybe then
They will give you
Another war
So you can feel good
About yourselves again

Monday, May 13, 2013

"My Shame" & "The Spoons"

"My Shame" by Carl Nyberg

I wanted to get chicks
Have adventures
Be a hero

I fucked prostitutes
Saw the world
And tried to do the right thing

Except when I didn't
When I kicked the Khmer waitress
Waiting for her tip

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Impasse of Narrative" and "Samuel Johnson On USS Independence (CV-62)"

"Samuel Johnson On USS Independence (CV-62)" by Carl Nyberg
"A ship is just a prison
"With the possibility of drowning"
I was explaining the idea to
The Japanese contractor
When the ship's engineer overheard
"Left-handed Academy grad"
The senior chief called him
The engineer failed to appreciate the humor
Or maybe he did
And the authority bestowed
Kept him from laughing

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"I Don't Need God To Judge" & "Maggie Thatcher Died Today"

 Below the jump are two poems: "I Don't Need God To Judge" and "Maggie Thatcher Died Today".

Let me know the pieces and aspects you like. I'll try to build on them. Let me know the details you can't stand.

I write to express myself, but I also want to make my work good for the reader.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

two poems: DUI Cheney & Interpretation Matters

DUI Cheney 
by Carl Nyberg

Dick Cheney didn't wear green 
He didn't wear blue 
Asked about Vietnam 
He had better things to do