Subliminal seduction

media mogul

Admen clad in Bran muffin suits

A holiday spirit

To sell a line

A consumerist line

Waiting, buying

Whilst stuffing their eyes


Snowballs hypocrisy

On Madison Avenue

In winter

Heavy diplomacy

Civil suits

Libel suits


Newspaper print

Suited for words


Disgruntled lies

Why no lies?


“It is written”

journalists, prostitutes

of Winnie the Pooh peace policy

Constructive engagement

Ideological estrangement


Dramas of the US of A

Over and over

A broadcast to haunt you

Entrée vous? Exit.

No exit.

Jean Paul Satre,

Did you know he knew

There was no exit.


There were sideways effects

Second wave swollen attacks,

Cauliflower’s and tootsie roll brownies

Sea urchins rotting.


They are dramatists

They are liturgists

Saddening news value

Murderous every hour


Fire and words

Are only words of uncommon denominators

Because the rich

Are the constituents of the law and order

Barbarism is not Barbara Ann-ism.

Antagonism my prison.


Not an ism, beyond all isms

There, no media exists.

I, the voice,

I, the communicative monster


lions and tigers wild –

Animals attack the clawed out page


whilst the boob tube rages

As the fittest survive

and the shysters lie

and the hipsters cry

as they swing into a heist,

Christ they’re getting fame

and who’s to blame?

©1989 by Elise Krentzel




By Elise Krentzel

Elise Krentzel is the author of the bestselling memoir Under My Skin - Drama, Trauma & Rock 'n' Roll, a ghostwriter, book coach to professionals who want to write their memoir, how-to or management book or fiction, and contributing author to several travel books and series. Elise has written about art, food, culture, music, and travel in magazines and blogs worldwide for most of her life, and was formerly the Tokyo Bureau Chief of Billboard Magazine. For 25 years, she lived overseas in five countries and now calls Austin, TX, her home. Find her at, FB: @OfficiallyElise, Instagram: @elisekrentzel, LI: