john bennett | smoke gets in your eyes

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

My fellow American looks in the mirror and sees Hummers and drones, smart phones and I-pads.

My fellow American works out in the gym, confusing ego with fitness.

My fellow American thinks the Third World should put more umph into it, even while the Third World and his slowly merge.

My fellow American is a puppet.

My fellow American is hoodwinked and proud.

My fellow American was put together by the world he thinks he put together.

My fellow American is an ugly American.

He thinks he’s the cat’s meow, the apple of the whole world’s eye.

He knows the sun spins around him along with the rest of the universe.

My fellow American does not believe there are aliens in outer space, but if there are, by God, well bring ’em on– that’s what NORAD’s for.

My fellow American didn’t fight two world wars for democracy just to give up the oil. What kind of saps do they take us for?

My fellow American sees the world thru a TV screen and he doesn’t trust Mexicans.

My fellow American’s heart brims with scorn for the heretic and a fierce love of Jesus. He takes a big bite from the apple and then another until he’s down to the core.

The payback once the bubble bursts will be brutal.

click the Hcolom Press logo to visit the web page...HCOLOM PRESS is the heir to Vagabond Press, which began as a main player in the Mimeo Revolution of the Sixties and continued publishing right into the jaws of the new millennium. HCOLOM PRESS embodies the spirit of Vagabond Press, retooled for the times we live in.

Hcolom is Moloch spelled backwards. Moloch is an Old Testament deity to which children were sacrificed, a practice society still engages in with increased enthusiasm. Consumerism is the new Moloch, manifesting itself like cancer in war, politics, the arts and religion, in every nook and cranny of human endeavor, draining the intrinsic beauty out of life and mutilating the innocence and magic of childhood with its commercial meat hook. HCOLOM PRESS intends to publish books that by their nature repudiate this pernicious force–novels, poetry, children’s books and books that transcend genre.

Our launch book, in June of 2006, was John Bennett’s novel, Tire Grabbers, a fable of sorts, a reality book rooted in the fantasy of our times, the story of the coming of Moloch and the children who rise up in rebellion against it.

Books of kindred spirit will follow close on its heels. Go for it by clicking here… or hit the Hcolom logo above… or just hit any of the following covers…

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