Dropping Leaflets

By Jena Osman Jena Osman

Help me come up with a strategy to get through this white noise.
U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney,
  November 2001

Are we on the ground now? Ally cells and I said operations.
We cleared 50% of a wonderful friend and enduring opposition.
Take the solid.
Louder.
We clearly are loud. We are the postal system.
No evidence has been information.
Attacking the caves. Are you on the ground enduring?
A wonderful friend ramped it up.
You ought to open your mail.
Opposition element: the air. The talents work with precision.
84%. The population attacking the caves, the talents work with the
caves and tunnels.
Hiding in caves, wavering in caves and hiding in mosques.
A wonderful friend on the ground.
Freedom I said: the enduring ally cells.
Interested in the view, in our aid sensitivities.
50% to the front of our effort adding that 80% are willing to play.
Independent oper-oppo-sition forces that are rosy.
So make assumptions on the ground. Are we on the ground now?
Can be more than air. The target. The air liaison.
Campaign with the bombing and entirely happy.
Attacking the leaflets.
We keep working hiding in hiding in caves
and cowering in cowering in cowering in caves
and I could say confidential areas.
The mosques and rest efforts are mad.
Execution in the targeting of democracy.
Those risks culti-targeting to minimize the individual.
An obligation to the spirit of enterprise.
A war of roundup freezing worldwide, and proceeding on course.
Training facilities, proceeding on course, freezing their guided
munitions.
A population is tons of struggle against evil.
A civilized world of innocents in the mud, an enemy that’s on the
ground for there is no neutral ever. No neutral homeland.
For the first time first time first time in history
ordinary busi-security bioterror
to defend enemies with the no-ness of life.
Confident in destruction / complete and cause / certain of the rightness
of this time / in the right / man the victories / to comment for a freer
world history / committee of evil / defeat the forces / we will fight and
great coalition wherever they are an era of over flight right against
terror basing global terror the global trade and lives of our world improve /
the modern alliance / I like citizens / but rather than the dust settle it
could mean / as acknowledged / the carpet bombs precision bombs / as
long as 23 months and I said go to America on alert / get a softball to
school if you work / take your child / game this afternoon / game or a
soccer to the president’s going to go to the game / the fight/ our new
baseball game / to help us in our task / force will sign terrorists tracking
American citizens / to protect level warriors / the decibel from these
shadows / open your mail louder

Jena Osman, "Dropping Leaflets" from An essay in asterisks. Copyright © 2004 by Jena Osman. Reprinted by permission of Roof Books.

Source: An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004)

Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet Jena Osman

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict, Heroes & Patriotism

Poetic Terms Mixed

Biography

Poet Jena Osman earned an MA in poetry and playwriting from Brown University and a PhD in English from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. She is the author of more than five collections of poetry, including Twelve Parts of Her (1989), Amblyopia (1993), Jury (1996), and The Character (1999), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Osman’s recent work includes An Essay in Asterisks (2004) and The Network (2010), which won a . . .

Continue reading this biography

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict, Heroes & Patriotism

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Mixed

Report a problem with this poem

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.