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Poetry by Emily Jo Scalzo
(Muncie, Indiana, USA)

Sans Regulations
Published January 18, 2019
Poetry by Emily Jo Scalzo - 45 Poems - Eleventh Transmission
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Sans Regulations

by Emily Jo Scalzo

Reality permeates too late,
after the scales tip,
past the event horizon,
the one warned about—

that without reform the earth
would no longer support our life—
ignored in favor of status quo;
of drills, spills, clear-cut, strip-mine,

bleached reefs, ash-lakes, legal dumps;
of fish left to rot and float ashore,
flora stunted or absent in wastelands,
fauna poisoned by fouled water.

Green earth bartered for green dollars,
but cash is the wrong liquid,
leaves lips parched,
in the thirst of extinction—

shame we pull so much
with us into the abyss.


Biography
Emily Jo Scalzo holds an MFA in fiction from California State University-
Fresno and is currently an assistant professor teaching research and
creative writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her work has
appeared in various magazines including
Midwestern Gothic, Mobius: The
Journal of Social Change
, Blue Collar Review, Ms. Fit Magazine, Third
Wednesday
, Melancholy Hyperbole, New Verse News, Leaves of Ink, and
others. She is the author of
The Politics of Division, a chapbook of political
poetry.
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