Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity (eBook)

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Sharp and streetwise, rhythmic and rousing, fearless and wise; this storming poetry collection buzzes with cynical wit, lyrical charm and righteous rage.

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Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity is a bold and fiery introduction to Ross Adamson’s compelling brand of contemporary rhyming poetry.

Sharp and streetwise, rhythmic and rousing, fearless and wise; this storming debut collection is both a masterwork of powerful, poignant verse and a timely, trenchant indictment of early 21st century society.

Humankind has lost its way and modern life is absurd, alienating and increasingly unfair.  Madness, in every sense of the word, pervades Western culture and shows no sign of abating.  Penned in these uncertain times, the poems of Modern Madness take no prisoners and buzz with cynical wit, lyrical charm and righteous rage.

Adamson is insightful, expressive and thoroughly engaging as he waxes poetic on emotive themes such as religion, terrorism, inequality, prejudice, oppression, social media, the Establishment, animal rights, class warfare, political corruption, corporate greed, rampant consumerism and the burgeoning cult of ego.

Modern Madness is topical poetry at its piquant, polemic best.  It will make you think, smile, doubt, glower, tap your foot and shake your fist.

The revolution starts here.

The contents of Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity.
57 riveting rhyming poems on the flaws, foibles and freakiness of contemporary society:

  • Synthetic Smile
  • Open Your Eyes
  • Anonymous Evil
  • Fallen Angel
  • Fake
  • Liar
  • Demagogue Despot
  • Pay as You Pray
  • Smartphone Zombies
  • Disarmistice
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Gloom-Tinted Glasses
  • Uptalk
  • Seatbelt
  • Bob the Drunk
  • No Gods
  • Sun’s Out, Guns Out
  • Web Pest
  • Hunt the Hunters
  • Wake Up
  • Weekend Warrior
  • Don’t Look Down
  • Bus
  • Gunlimited
  • Media Monsters
  • Only Human
  • Destiny: Dystopia
  • Fat Boy
  • Plastic People
  • Baked Off
  • 101 Ways to Waste Your Life
  • Bubblegum Bimbo
  • Has-Been
  • The Vacuum Age
  • TV Hell
  • Suicide Bomber
  • Too Stressed
  • Autopilot
  • Cupidity
  • God Squad
  • Mirror Ball
  • As Human as You
  • Intelligent Rebellion
  • Siren
  • The Life Supreme
  • Dangerous Dogma
  • Poor Door
  • Big Deal? Get Real
  • Tribute to Tyranny
  • The One Percent
  • Txtspk
  • Fracking Idiot
  • Weeds
  • Meat: Murder
  • Je suis Charlie
  • The Enemy Within
  • House of Cards

Sample verse excerpts from Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity:

Destiny: Dystopia

Peekaboo! They’re watching you.
The streets have eyes, the walls have ears.
They track and log your every move.
They own your hopes, they craft your fears.
(9 more stanzas)

The One Percent

Just one percent of people
Own half of global wealth.
They keep their fortunes tucked away
With tax-evading stealth.
They stick together, pool their power
And keep the rest oppressed.
They make damn sure disparities
Can never be addressed.
(5 more stanzas)

Pay as You Pray

Twisted logic, toxic thought:
Welcome to the temple of the god you bought.

In for a service; out with the guilt;
Witness the glitz fear and brainwashing built.
(10 more couplets)

Siren

Lone enchantress, darkly charming;
Slight and coy yet quite disarming.
Piercing eyes of electric blue;
She sees your soul when she stares at you.
(8 more stanzas)

Wish You Were Here

Is it really a ‘thing’ if it’s not online
For the masses to gaze at, and then opine?
Is it worth doing anything just for kicks
If you can’t show the footage or post the pics?
(34 more stanzas)

Suicide Bomber

Death marched into town today,
Unannounced and cloaked in black.
Screaming souls all blown away:
Ruthless evil, swift attack.
(2 more stanzas)

Web Pest

How nice of you to publish
Your thoughts on everything.
What well-informed opinions –
A wit and wisdom spring!

How kind of you to comment
On every single post.
A blabbermouthed responder bot
Is what the world needs most!
(32 more stanzas)

Wake Up

Wake up – don’t listen
To the shit you’re told.
If you won’t be deceived,
Then you can’t be controlled.
(16 more stanzas)

Mirror Ball

The mirror ball is spinning
As the disco drums beat fast.
The fracas is beginning
As the good times never last.

The mirror ball is twinkling
As the townies come to fight.
The students have no inkling
As they set about their night.
(9 more stanzas)

Bus

Overcrowded karma leech
A-trundling into town.
Misanthropic strangers
Catch an eye and share a frown.
(41 more stanzas)

Fat Boy

Six feet under,
And nearly five feet wide;
They couldn’t find a coffin
That your corpse would fit inside.
The funeral directors
Had to custom-build a crate
With reinforced panels
To withstand your massive weight.
(5 more stanzas)

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