The A1 Verse: Kremlin TV dinner

By Thomas Gaulkin | August 22, 2022

Illustration by Thomas Gaulkin / Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin photo via

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred August 22, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

In State News, Clash of Civilizations

(from the original by Neil MacFarquhar)

The weekly television news,
a long history of predatory power.
Now, seek the show host!
Finish off the media!
There is less talk of being embraced
and flung about with abandon.
Instead, get control of a veteran television host,
consult on a project to access news:
the main antagonist,
a cheerleader,
a guest,
a dish,
a cosmic showdown
between good and evil,
like Steven Seagal.

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