The Ancient Modern

Texit  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill     

From the new collection, Now A Major Motion Picture.

A story filmed
in California (aliens

devouring New York
again) tours

the straightedge states
and swells the cinemas

in Texas. And for
an hour, Texans

are amused, transported
to that fantastic

Other America—taken in
by images sent back

from that country
where their soybeans

and their methane go.
But often now

for Texans, California
is just a major

motion picture, New York
little different than

Disney World—places
nice to visit, sure,

but a body
could never really live there

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2023 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.