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The Corny Toys

The Corny Toys

Author Thomas Sayers Ellis
Publisher Arrowsmith
Publication Date 2018
Section Espresso Book Machine Books / Poetry / Printed Here
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781642550276

"The Corny Toys" dares to explore and name the ways learning and knowledge are often regulated inside institutions allegedly devoted to an open-ended quest for truth.  Stylistically, the poem reads like an unlikely hybrid of "The Waste Land" and "Info Wars" (minus the lies). Moving beyond the current literary trend of racial utterance-maze-reincarnation, Ellis takes aim at the institutions, foundations, and cover-story recipients of social engineering for reducing literature to an oppositional nursery rhyme, a baby’s fist rising from the crib. While Ellis never directly names those responsible for the indoctrination of the Imagination, he does hint at (in lines like "Though forced to dream in separate Sleepers,/Sleeper Cells,/Mother and Matter,/like physicality and spirituality,/are one and the same/separated Superconductors/of equal infinity,") the possible organic origins of the duality governing us all. "The Corny Toys" is not a smooth read but it is a liberating one!

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