An Ode to Fake News in a ‘Post-Truth’ World


My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. – John Lennon

All poets, all writers are political. They either maintain the status quo, or they say, ’Something’s wrong, let’s change it for the better.’ – Sonia Sanchez

Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. – Jack Kerouac


Behold the bent visuals of reality!

Mended through intervals of digital fallacy sending the common individual through rituals of repetition.

Intercepted visions of truth rendered fictional by citizen groups living in rooms of altered faith,

while what’s thought to save is often fake, concocted with craven but clever deception.

Flavored with better intentions,

the honest take weathered through bitter dimensions as the fox’s prey.

Now locked away,

withered and gripped with resentment from the cross toupee.

Stop the blame!

Skip to the hypocrite’s penance and walk of shame.


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Thomas Barr is a writer, editor and activist who's passionate about progressive ideals, with extra attention given to the fight for universal health care, medical marijuana, and saving our nation from decades of devastating trickle-down policies. Thomas is also a dedicated advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and education.