the after-hours party in the church
broken up by ministers stern with handcuffs
friends and seventh-grade locker partners
lined up against the wall
spaghetti mob mentality
all want to give BIG BROTHER
a BIG BRUISING black eye
but who will swing
both ways when the time comes
to unsnap that snap, and stray
from the spread sheet cell.
Politics in a literary work are a pistol-shot in the middle of a
concert, a crude affair though one impossible to ignore. We are about
to speak of very ugly matters.
-- Stendhal, "The Charterhouse of Parma"
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