The people inside me
– the internet –
are viewing themselves
as the gladiators of intellect,
and they are competing with each other
in poetry, music, and film.
However, the people outside
– those meeting and
discussing with each other
in the flesh –
are the true champions of communication.
Paula Puolakka is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) Her latest work can be found through Fewer Than 500, Jerry Jazz Musician, and Nine Muses Poetry. To look forward to, Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry will publish a book (based on their 2020 Winter Poetry Workshop) later in spring, and Puolakka’s poem will be a part of it.