Poem of the Week: Ode to Kissinger by Rob Trousdale

by Mark Chmiel

right there on my dad’s nightstand
sat Kissinger’s latest
World Order

i opened it to snidbits of
michiko kakutani’s review

illuminating
a powerful zoom lens
a panoramic appreciation of history

i flipped to the index
curious as to how
Kissinger
handled the
details

nothing to be found under:

death flights
in Argentina
of corpses (Chile)
See also Rio de la Plata
Caravan of Death
activities of against peasants
activities of against poets
activities of against priests
activities of against labor organizers
activities of against activists
activities of against students
activities of against teachers
activities of against women
activities of against children
See also Operation Condor
Chase Manhattan
Citibank
corportism
corruption
Credit Suisse First Boston
Chile
mass graves in
disappearances in
firing squads in
clandestine camps in
torture in
death squad killings in
Desaparecidos (the disappeared)
in Argentina
in Brazil
in Chile
in Paraguay
in Peru
in Uruguay
Kubark Counterintelligence Interrogation (handbook)
See also torture; 1963 KUBARK manual (Vietnam)
Letelier, Orlando
See also CIA assassinations
massacre
See also Margarita Belen;
Ezeiza; My Lai
Monsanto
See also foreign monopolies; climate
catastrophe; oligarchy
privatization
corporate beneficiaries of
violence of
Reaganomics
See also disaster capitalism ideology;
privatization; deregulation;
economic shock therapy; electroshock
therapy; price shocks; market collapse
unemployment
in Argentina
in Brazil
in Chile
in Paraguay
in Peru
in Uruguay
United Fruit Company
water-boarding
WTO

as we sit down to dinner
my sister asks

so what exactly were you doing in Fort Benning over the weekend?

I respond with a shrug and ask

is dad doing martinis tonight?

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