Poetry in the News

Ukraine honour guard

The crash 


Speeding down the runway 

Lifting off the ground into the air 

Like a bird taking off 

The cabin shaking 


Sirens filling the heads of the passengers 

Screaming and crying  

Keep your heads down 

Brace for impact, brace for impact, brace for impact 


Smashing like ice, into a million pieces 

The lives of 176 people 

Claimed by the Iranian missile 

Governments like the serpent in the garden of Eden  


Family suffering the loss of loved ones 

Indescribable feelings 

The world watching for what comes next  

The start of a war 




about the poem:

the poem:


A plastic mask of self unknown

This is a poem about how people in today’s society are not what they once were. People today put on a mask, hiding their true selves and how we do not truly mean what we say. It is an open poem. The poem talks about how we are all becoming almost the same person, we all strive for materialistic and the tangible instead of the intangible, and we are all kind of lost, in the way that we do not really know who we are on the inside. Some of the devices used in the poem are descriptive imagery, metaphor, repetition and personification. Descriptive imagery is found in words like, isolation, self-unknown, plastic mask and blemish, a metaphor in the poem is, “army of consumers”, repetition in the poem is structured men, structured worlds and plastic mask is used a lot during the poem, lastly, personification is when he says “individuality is on strike”. This connects to Oryx and Crake because of the tangible and intangible, in the poem it is talking about how we are so focused on the tangible, and we strive for the tangible instead of the intangible, which is very similar to Oryx and Crake because it is the same in their society. I really enjoyed this poem and it really opened my eyes even more to this issue we have in our society, and it makes me want to stop focusing on the tangible and start to strive for the intangible.

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