White Noise by Jennifer Lagier

“God finds all the prayers of mankind in his spam folder.” – New Yorker cartoon caption

Junk mail collects to await the almighty’s attention:
venal tattles, crass pleas, virulent curses.
Hillary’s desire to muzzle and neuter Bill.
Bernie’s utopian New Age aspirations.
The Donald’s boasts of large penis, power, achievement.
Chris Christie’s self-serving political deals with the devil.
GOP leaders, desperate for a viable candidate.
Ted Cruz begging Heidi and the children
to forgive and forget, finally love him.
Affluenza teens who complain of mean parents who
won’t pay for prom suite or limo.
CEOs angling for greater market share.
Trust Fund beneficiaries craving more money.
Sometimes the higher power views
a representative sample when he needs a chuckle.


Jennifer Lagier has published twelve books and in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press). Forthcoming chapbook:, Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

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