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The US of A by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] The whole damned United States of Americastretches from the soaring sand dunes of the Pacific Northwestto the pristine beaches along aquamarine water in the southeast. The sprawling country encompasses mountains, plains, wetlands and woodlands.But anodyne suburban strip malls...

Recognize Yourself in Others by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Race like a maniac down the highway, cutting everyone off.Wield your SUV like a weapon,barrel bullet-like through a red light, fail to yield the right of way at a stop sign,speed through the placid asphalt prairies of parking...

Seven Dirty Words by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] George Carlin was a legend, a visionary,an incisive social critic, a staple of my college library.Ever brazen, he spoke of how mass media suppressed language:Shit, what dogs do in parks;piss, what hooligans do in parking lots;fuck, how we...

Seratonin by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] You reach across the forlorn bed and grasp nothing.You’re lovelorn, lost, languishing, despondent.Everything feels futile in that empty moment. But you can fill the gaping voidwith booze, Netflix binges and chocolate.Self-medicate with anything that will sluice the Seratonin....

College Admissions by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] The rich like to lecture you about meritocracywhile they slip fat stacks of greasy bills into the handsof corrupt admissions officers at elite universities. The rich like to lecture you about hard workwhile you put in grueling 12-hour...