Gateway to the Gulag
Putin said, No art in Perm,
No to the decadence of the West.
No surprise. Art is always a snake to a dictator,
sidewinding and fanged,
the artist who puts it there, equally
unpredictable, seducing through melodies,
images that might turn minds away from
What Putin wants is what Kim Jong-un wants—
what Trump wants,
billboards and marches, selfies and self-medicating,
a rictus of smiling.
An artists’ colony at the gateway to the Gulag?
Bio: Devon Balwit is a writer/teacher from Portland, OR. Her political poems have appeared in The New Verse News, Poets Reading the News, Redbird Weekly Reads, Rise-Up Review, Rat's Ass Review, The Rising Phoenix Review, Mobius, What Rough Beast, and more.