Language is War, Ames, August 2011


So it begins.

The quadrennial war of adjectives

for the prize of defining the ambiguities of now.


Politicians assault the land

with all the poetic conceit

of cavalry generals

wielding lines forged,

hammered, sharpened

in hot rooms by cold men

versed only in technique and style

Earnestly exhorting the people

On memes and tropes

detected in the trench battlegrounds

of blogs, tweets and focus groups.


Imagining only what victory demands

And no more vision than sufficient for the prize.


About this: The Iowa Straw Vote, held in Ames every 4th year, is the unofficial beginning of the Presidential election cycle in the USA, 15 months before the actual vote that matters.

 © Philip Knight 2018