By Lorenzo Thomas 1944–2005 Lorenzo Thomas
The land was there before us
Was the land. Then things
Began happening fast. Because
The bombs us have always work
Sometimes it makes me think
God must be one of us. Because
Us has saved the world. Us gave it
A particular set of regulations
Based on 1) undisputable acumen.
2) carnivorous fortunes, delicately
Referred to here as “bull market”
And (of course) other irrational factors
Deadly smoke thick over the icecaps,
Our man in Saigon   Lima   Tokyo   etc   etc

Lorenzo Thomas, “Inauguration” from Chances are Few. Copyright © 1979 by Lorenzo Thomas. Reprinted by permission of Blue Wind Press.

Source: Chances are Few (Blue Wind Press, 1979)

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Poet Lorenzo Thomas 1944–2005

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

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Lorenzo Thomas was born in Panama and moved with his family to New York in 1948. His father was a pharmacist and his mother a community activist. The family lived in the Bronx and Queens, where Thomas, a native Spanish speaker, soon became fluent in English. He attended Queens College and joined the Navy in 1968. After serving in Vietnam, Thomas moved to Texas. A writer whose work is both political and personal, he is the author . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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