What They Were Told to Do by Jennifer Lagier

They salivate over
National Enquirer hit pieces,
manufactured conspiracy theories,
rely on fake news hysteria,
to shape their opinions.

Lame-ass commercials
sell them unnecessary trinkets,
unhealthy food supplements,
unsustainable diets,
nubile online companions.

Wearing “These Colors Don’t Run”
tee shirts, they drive American-made
gas-guzzling junkers
decoupaged with misspelled
slogan stickers,

They wander Walmart aisles,
commandeer civic meetings,
shout down rational discourse,
parrot extremist sound bites,
spew rehearsed hatred.

Jen-2016
Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier/
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