Tax Plan Sneer Job by Jeff Bagato

Hot off the bumper of a winnebago
Ouija reads market quotes with a practiced
slide, desperate looking for payoff
to vacation—but all she gets is
sale paper sanity brainwash—
we bought big & are selling
cheap—all you save is
MONEY—promise of a lifetime—
best time to get fingers in the till
up to the elbows and play the slash
& burn game of capital weed whack,
leaping on board bull wagon
for a revolutionary way to clean,
World Bank giddy with pleasure dough
like wrestling naked in a bucket of ice water,
a skip in the step and a cell
phone in every pocket–yes!
I want it! I love it!
I’ll take it!
Behold, you are gentrification,
you are American Dream–
you are poverty’s pick pocket,
the marked man on the other
side of Zorro’s midnite—
but Ouija predicts collapse of shapewear
revolution, reading letters on the big board
that spell shit for bull, reading
“In strikes are dreams,
in capital, only desperation”—
Ouija flips down the paper &
gets hell back to

Jeff Bagato is a writer and electronic musician living near Washington, DC. Some of his poetry has appeared in Zoomoozophone Review, Otoliths, Clockwise Cat, Zombie Logic Review, Full of Crow, Exquisite Corpse, and Chiron Review. His most recent book of poems, Savage Magic, came out in early 2016. Other poetry books include And the Trillions and Spells of Coming Day. He has also published several science fiction novels, including The Toothpick Fairy, Computing Angels, and Dishwasher on Venus. A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at


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