Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity eBook

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Sharp and streetwise, rhythmic and rousing, fearless and wise; this storming contemporary poetry collection takes no prisoners and buzzes with cynical wit, lyrical charm and righteous rage.


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

Deftly zeroing in on Western civilisation's failings and foibles, this formidable debut 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 – foolishness, delusion, insanity and fury – has pervaded our culture and shown no sign of abating.

Penned in the troubling times of Trump, 'austerity', Brexit, mass surveillance and resurgent fascism, the poems of Modern Madness attack injustices, explore societal shortcomings and warn against impending dystopia.

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

Modern Madness is topical poetry at its piquant, polemical best.  Its savvy thrust and cadent flair will make you smirk, ponder, tap your foot and shake your fist.

The contents of Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity.
57 riveting rhyming poems on the failings, frailties 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 Idiots
  • 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)


Lone enchantress, darkly charming;
Slight and coy yet quite disarming.
Ice blue eyes burning ardently;
She sees my soul when she stares at me.
... (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.
Such 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)


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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