Always – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Propaganda is a monologue that is not looking for an answer , but an echo.” W.H. Auden


There's always a grand narrative of freedom
offered as bread to the masses following
some dire constriction or choke of life in 
which our masters become saviours in the
blink of a cobbled policy touted as manna,
solicited with badly dressed half truths, 
never wanting to kill the fatted lie in favour
of living tidy deceptions, the sorcery of 
propaganda casting its spell over humanity
as necessity while hoping the lie might
come true.

Copyright 2022 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


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74 responses to “Always – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜žโ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข

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  2. Well said! It’s getting harder and harder to apply the CRAAP validity test to the firehose of information we get from all manner of media. I want in-text citations and a list tof Works Cited!

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  3. Powerfully sad Paul. I was going to cut and paste but then realized I’d have to post the whole poem and you did it so profoundly. Here’s some love and flowers to get us through the day.๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  4. This is beautiful and strong

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  5. Sadly, telling it like it is.

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  6. Very good. Shades of Goebbels looming around everywhere…
    When did we suddenly go back to the 19th century? Damn, damn, damn…

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  7. lync56

    A great poem for our times


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