Thomas Locicero / Poetry 5.2 / Fall, 2017



from RSR Featured Photography © by Tammy Ruggles


Unsocial Media

Words and their intent fugitive around
our heads, verbal sticks and oral stones, and those
pauses, at once killing and restoring us.
The death is in the silence, the silence
is too short. And what is so important?
The world was friendlier without any friends.
Now decades-long relationships are thrown
away like unwanted leftovers into
a trash heap billions would love to call their own,
and for what? a political dissent.
Here we are, on our overpriced, obsolete
information-overload contraptions,
the blue light scratching, scorching our retinas.
We all have the exact same facts and figures,
yet we cannot agree on anything.
The best thing about social media
is that each person has his or her own voice.
The worst thing about social media
is that each person has his or her own voice.


Thomas Locicero’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Roanoke Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, The Good Men ProjectAdelaide Literary Magazine, Jazz Cigarette, Quail Bell MagazineAntarctica Journal, Rat’s Ass Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Hobart, Ponder Review, vox poetica, Poetry Pacific, Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal, Indigo Lit, Saw Palm, Fine Lines, New Thoreau Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clockwise Cat, and Snapdragon, felan, and The Ghazal Page, among other journals. He lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.


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