The Fireworks Go Out… by Ben Nardolilli


The Fireworks Go Out

Sugar and fat, asphalt and air conditioning,
The American Dream can only be
A phase now because we have poured
It into the form of easy commodities
That other countries can imitate
Or that we will lose our grip and hold on,
We should have let it remain a phrase,
Hard to translate, even into England’s English.


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, Super Arrow, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pear Noir, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and Yes Poetry. His chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He maintains a blog at and is looking to publish his first

Copyright © 2012 by Ben Nardolilli


1 thought on “The Fireworks Go Out… by Ben Nardolilli

  1. A Commodity culture’s language forcibly commensurate with Ben Nardolilli’s poem in layered pattern of a brandished verse finely cast with a poet’s castaway feel for intonation and wrought in an international need for language.

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