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Nepenthe

Forgot the freedoms Revolution wrought.

Bought off by New Deal gloss

over the rotten heart

of the same system

we fought off

in 1776.

Co-opted by Billionaires

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whose pockets we line

with every needless purchase.

Heedles, obedient sheep

as long as we can keep

our cheap, Chinese imitations

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of the Masters' insufferable consumption,

which even now is washing up

in a pestilent, tumorous tide

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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