Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016



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“O death! cruel, bitter, impious death! which thus breaks the bonds of affection and divides father and mother, brother and sister, son and wife. Lamenting our misery, we feared to fly, yet we dared not remain.” Gabriele de’ Mussi, 1348

it appeared in the south    intuition    like military training    and showed our nation’s officers how to turn a dead foreigner into a soldier    state sponsored    moist in its southern soul    advancing missile technologies every few decades    capital however catapulted into the ocean across borders into foreign lips    like a soon-to-be fetid foal    new soldiers always return    handless    hoofless    threat level successfully raised    testing    an ancient military strategy    test officials and expect no further response    track what our nation can strike    how far    how many tons of dead    north’s leader    watched from nearby    we knew but pretended we didn’t know    which they knew    how any individual returns    unknown    his nearby conference table    across which military analysts lay dead for now    submarine ballistic missile capabilitary still bellies to god    south’s leader    the projects    the unsuccessful could of soon    possible    in the united states    persuasive    through the core of the small inflatable globe    nameless lobes    fabricated in submissive valleys    

Read More:
Is the United States really blowing up North Korean missiles? [Foreign Policy]
Have North Korea’s Missile Tests Paid Off? [BBC News]
Biological Warfare at the 1346 Siege of Caffa [CDC]

Joseph M. Gerace is a multidisciplinary artist and professional journalist. His work explores the intersections of folk art, technology and the outer limits of communication. He lives in New Jersey.  Original artwork by the author.

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