by Eric Chaet

From Athens,
galleys propelled by 3 tiers of slaves
with oars
carried red & black vases
with handles
filled with olive oil & wine
& heavily-armed foot-soldiers
& orators
who’d studied sophistry
who proclaimed
to citizens, & women, slaves, & children
of islands & coastal cities
all over the Mediterranean Sea
how it would be.

Each year,
600 oligarchs casting ballots
(they used shards of broken vases)
voted to ostracize & expel the Athenian
who most upset efficient execution
of their exploitation plans.



domination & exploitation series


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