“In the valley of its making where executives
Would never want to tamper” – W.H. Auden
Loitering outside taxpayer brain-labs
with hat in hands, the entrepreneur
picks up the gold coins thrown
to the ground by government workers.
When the businessman has manufactured
enough for interest in a certain glow
on the purchase button, pop culture
buys another self-made man.
The mannequins lie through passers-by
teeth that smile in envy.
The crowd in the stadium
had more to do with DARPA
than the concession stand fan thought.
The secret remains deep in the US
with so many contraptions rushing
around town and now in the air
that even the flag waver remains in a fog.
About the Author: Rich Murphy’s poetry collections have won two national book awards: Gival Press Poetry Prize 2008 for Voyeur and in 2013 the Press Americana Poetry Prize for Americana. The poems here are from “Asylum Seeker,” the third in a trilogy focuses on globalizing Western / American culture due from Press Americana in 2018. The first collection in the trilogy is Americana and Body Politic, the second, is published by Prolific Press in January 2017. Murphy’s first book The Apple in the Monkey Tree was published in 2007 by Codhill Press. Chapbooks include Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox) and Paideia (Aldrich Press).