• Triangle Shirtwaist Company: Twenty-First Century Edition

    A highrise building No external fire escapes (Locked doors?) 112 dead workers Wal-Mart, Sears, and others have offshored the working conditions of the early twentieth century Safety.   Always No Safety Michael Ceraolo is a poet based in Cleveland, Ohio, the author of Cleveland Haiku and Euclid Creek. | Print

  • Flocks of Prophets

    Flocks of prophets fly through the air all across the country twice a year, signaling that the coming change is already here — not flying as far south as they once did, returning north earlier than before. How many noticed these signs amidst all the hot air being spewed by the various media? And,      […]

  • In the Court of the Crimson King

    It was the sinister synthesis of several salient trends: media consolidation to its ultimate end; educational deficiencies brought to undreamt-of levels; xenophobia stoked to its most loathsome heights; culminating in a re-working of Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast worldwide,                                inducing panic and instituting pogroms that eliminated all but a favored few Michael Ceraolo […]


    Near the few remaining woods are modern pictographs,                                           warning passing vehicles of the presence of deer, not for the protection of the deer but for the protection of the vehicles                                                             And a few of the signs are boastful, a strange sort of civic boosterism: our deer here                     were not […]

  • Willoughby

    A part of the watershed bears the name of Willoughby Back in the 1830s some folks planned a medical college and approached an out-of-stater with the above name, seeking funds With true nineteenth century hucksterism/whoredom the town founders (flounders?) name their price: give money for the college and we’ll name the town after you What […]

  • Village of Euclid v. Amber Realty (1926)

                                     Village of Euclid v. Amber Realty (1926). Case decided: November 22, 1926 by the United States Supreme Court 6-3 in favor of the palintiff The desire to cryogenically keep the community as it is at a point in time The popular panacea for preceived problems: Pass a law                   And so communities across the […]