America by Whyt Pugh

Unrealized potentialities

evaporate in the fluorine flicker

of a synthetic sun

whoreshipped by the shopper

as it drowns the fragile night

of annihilated archetypes

Corporate priests preside

over prophets predicting

the ebb and flow of the notional

Mark it

with the barcoded stigmata

of progress


darkness and poetry and my

lie nation

 Inc.onstant indemnity shuns the

Other in this mass of shattered

bone and muscle

must sell


cell                                (out)

of a collective prison

barred with chains of rewritten


 Mutate the membrane

to prevent the coiling of

constituents’ chromosomatic choice


might, oh              Chondria feeding

on Machiavellian misogynistic


in the schism

We subverted signs

to undermine the authority



 But poetic plurality was dis

solved by pandemic meaning,

momentary and untraceable


Etymological ephemerality

authored a single social narrative

idolized on glossy prints mass

produced to induce the diminishing

of thought

subsumed Instagra-

tifications of bite-sized

preruminated cognitions

Capitulating concepts to the Glow,

we download somatic suicide

as servants to the Screen

in the radical exclusion of a center

we sought to underwrite

 The walls of the capitol castle have

been built with words we payed for

preyed for

Multiplicity blind to the bind

of unprecedented semiotic stability

achieved through the deletion

of all signifieds

in unparalleled poetic

Iron Ne

gating dreams of difference

in 50 states characters or less

Tweeting micro-meanihi


Whyt Pugh earned the PhD in Literature from the University of South Wales where she taught Literary Theory and Romanticism until 2015. Whyt’s writing draws on geological and physiological imagery to re-evaluate perceptions of structure, both bodily and poetic. A 2011 recipient of the Terry Hertherington Young Writers’ Award, her work has appeared in the Welsh Cheval anthologies (Parthian Books), Secondary Character and Other Stories, and the New Welsh Review online. 

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