22 September 2011

Polygraphy

Polygraphy (First Issue of National Geographic 1888) 9/22

National being the point it is said they push
some American view of the world
that it Transfixes its readers with exotic photos
of third world Individuals in native dress
or at least Ones that will be interesting on film
and if Not interesting clothes well
then At least some naked flesh preferably dark
Lean and not European

Generally it all seems overstated
sure Every time they go to Africa they come back
with photos Of bare breasts and hanging children
of deserts and General poverty and
sure its all about Raging scenic passes blinding
unwhite color the maps And environmental messages
but with those Pages they try to turn back time
and recreate Honest adventures for a world
penned In with modern grid streets
Canned air and blocky work life