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The MCU or The Medicated Cinematic Universe, by Thomas Fucaloro

This post is part of 805's “My Home Library” series that features writers and artists enjoying their home libraries during the pandemic and beyond.


I am all for what pharmaceuticals give us, but I am not all for what pharmaceuticals take away

Our heroes find paychecks here, our heroes find throats here

It’s interesting how life serves us

Each paneled page a devil in artists clothing

Each devil paneled in pharmaceutical clothing

I am all for what artists give us, and I am all for what artists take away

The last time I was diagnosed was on page 316, 317, 318 and 319 of The Joker the New 52

The last time I was depressed was at the age of 42. I am 42.

I can’t tell the art from the pills anymore

I don’t know how to color in that kind of lie

I can’t tell the poems from the pills anymore

I don’t know how to scream that kind of lie

I can’t tell the capitalist from the provider anymore

It’s interesting how life tricks us

Into believing in us

It’s interesting how believing in us

Tricks me

Into thinking there will always be a rabbit in the hat

Into thinking I didn’t snuff that bunny from hoping long ago.

What doesn’t kill you will only make you long for the day that does

What helps you live will only make you long for the day that did

Trying to pick up your prescriptions at the comic bookstore

Trying to pick up your subscriptions at the pharmacy

It’s interesting how life serves us

We often look to our heroes by the milligram

We often look for our healing at the pharmacy

And even when I read my comic books, I am high

And even when I take my pills, I am high

And even

And even

And even

Is all I want to be

Is all I want to read

About how the damaged always win

About how the damaged are medicated into believing they always win


Thomas Fucaloro is the winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing.








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