The New Bogossus (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2018 in Art, Poems


Pencil drawing of Lady Liberty sneering at present developments




The New Bogossus


Not less of dash and balder—Mencken’s meme

Nor so dignified as Nixon’s “not a crook”

Yet gusts such that the phrase “retarding wind”

Seems summoned forth midst rhetoric run amok

A mighty personality bestrides

The neo-conner’s erstwhile throne of reason

Mother of Jesus! the disenfranchised cry

Democracy’s sword devalued to a coupon

Such as a sales team’s star performer’s swag

May yield, a fortune cookie, or a psychic friend’s

Prediction, in a pithy wink or tag

“Give us your contributing lifetime members

Your vetted recruits referred by trusted sponsors

Women…er, ladies…who know their sex’s limits

Colorful and well-connected mobsters

Send these, the kind of folks we know, and please

We’d prefer an online graduate’s degree




The New Bogossus (poem)

Oil painting collage with hosiery portraying dead fish
Uncollected Poems














(2017, Stephanie Foster)




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