Ben Nardolilli

The Pop Culture Abattoir


Post your cellulite and your horrible life story,

Clinicians are waiting to receive you

And turn your ontology into cinematic gold,

Screaming cut-outs of castoffs

Will assemble and bully your popularity,

Endeavour them carefully, the path

Is a wide wonderful thing when managed

Away from heroin and towards pools,

Literal ones, filled with pleasant party folks.


Information alert, your songs will be hated,

Your movies righteously condemned,

Your many outfits and accents slandered,

Even though nothing you do

Will ever have the luck of hurting anyone,

Try as others might when playing

Your sugary works backwards to hear Satan,

Find or lose your Jesus instead, prepare

For apocalypses on each side of the diving board.


Problems of Present Day Adventists


Mathematical structures of marshmallow cubes,

Their applicability to certain red hands

Describe the certain way a woman’s nose feels.


We are beginning to make fools of clouds,

While other special formulas give us bread to eat

Or make the properties of argon easier to read.


But we cannot predict when the ground will move,

Even if we accept the secular world,

The idea that man is just a light bulb thinker.


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He has a chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, from Folded Word Press. He blogs at and is looking to publish his first novel.

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