television poems

let me ask you a question…
is that a question or the preamble to a question
begging permission?
do I get to decline or duck it?
do you see what you have put into play?
I’m going away for awhile
I don’t care if you are better off without me
the merry-go-round on the boardwalk
meets family responsibilites
we’ll need back-up
we won’t get back to town until late tomorrow night

he shot his partner but that was a given
it’s not the first time
poetry was flattened into television

he was a killer so what? he was my father!
god bless america
we will be wounded together

if it were up to me I would be
someone else by now
these sabre-toothed fish
will fly for fresh meat
if you electrocute the sea
the best looking of the bunch
survive to laugh again
but now they are after the children
who are licking salt out of the navels
of beautiful models full of tequilla
nobody wants you to die here
but nobody cares if you live

Currently unavailable for purchase


  • TheCandle
    TheCandleover 2 years ago

    bleeping amazing! (I don’t have cable). Great work Anthony.


  • thanks Ernie, much appreciated appreciation. any time i happen to see a teevee on… don’t own one myself… but they are omnipresent… i am simultaneously disgusted and enthralled (absurdity always affects me this way) and i have wanted to write a book of poems called Television Poems… this was a first attempt. glad you don’t have yourself wired to the cable!

    – Anthony DiMichele

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.