the business end of the language cannon

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the business end of the language cannon

at the bottom of 16 silvery floors
there’s an illegal space heater aimed at my toes and
mismatched ear buds sitting on the desk.
i run the northern post of
the ministry of correct information.

words good and true,
words such as “leverage” and “savvy”
are tapped out on a keyboard,
corralled into cogent paragraphs
and fired at a target audience.

at the bottom of 16 silvery floors
i’m heavily fortified.
i’ve got a lock on the location
of the nearest chocolate chip cookies,
i’ve got the health club boot camp membership,
the secret card-key entry,
the slot in the gated parking garage.

words are working for me
working on me
and probably working right into the fabric
of the sleek skeletal chair
in my pod away from home
at the bottom of 16 silvery floors;
i’m covered in adjectives
swamped with superlatives
and otherwise armed with
trademarks and brand names
because, friend, this is the ministry of correct information
and this is where the words
come out right
or they don’t come out at all.

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2 thoughts on “the business end of the language cannon

  1. gl.

    really enjoying the poetry. this one especially feels true for me in its understatedness and its struggle to speak what can’t be spoken.

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