Anti-Social Network

The new



has announced

its word

of the year is


‘Love’ has long been forgotten,

‘Touch’ is now irrelevant,

‘Smile’, ‘Hope’, ‘Peace’, ‘Praise’,

rendered to dusty print books

locked in open shelves

for all and none to see.

LMAO txt speak has won.

I am justified in my existence,

I facebook, therefore I am,

twitter ergo sum.

We have created our own Big Brother,

submitted to the cookie monster,

our lives are now just in-app purchases,

we’ve split our own personalities,

online identities.



A version of this poem was first published in Miscellaneous Voices #1: Australian Blog Writing (Miscellaneous Press, April 2010)

This version published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017



Author: Mark William Jackson

Mark William Jackson's work has appeared in various print and online journals, including Best Australian Poems 2011, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Popshot (UK), Rabbit, Page Seventeen, SpeedPoets and The Diamond & the Thief. Mark's debut poetry collection "The Frequency of God" is available now through all major outlets, see for details.


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