mentally ill in the surveillance age
by Matthew Armagost

paranoid engineer;
i deconstruct every device
in the 
Apple catalog.

mechanical ornithologist;
i check off every drone
in the
Lockheed catalog.

schizophrenic pharmacist; 
i swallow every pill
in the 
Pfizer catalog. 

digital grey skies 
cry de-ionized tears.

watching the Watchers,
who will blink first?
Matthew Armagost is a former addict recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and other associated conditions. He is married with four children and works at a paper mill every day. He writes to help cope with his illnesses.
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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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