Snake Bait

Posted by - April 2, 2016 - Issue No. 16.1


Internet marketers use spyware like this:
A scanner inputs a face
and its algorithms are programmed
to interpret that face’s emotional reactions.
A frown means rejection.
A furrowed brow, confusion.
An upturned mouth, joy.

This hidden program sends Eve
a photo of a fig tree and
the spyware records two dimples.

Eve’s reaction informs the advertisers
to flood this woman’s Inbox
with twenty stain-removal products
because her upturned mouth is construed
as a desire for a clean slate.


ABOUT THE POET:  Topanga resident Jean Colonomos’ poems have appeared in over 50 publications.  Among them are: 13th Moon, Slant, The Avron Poetry Competition (edited by Ted Hughes),  Inkling, California Quarterly, Iris, Third Wednesday, the Topanga Messenger and the West Wind Poetry Review where she received first prize for her verse play, “Carrie.”  She is published in The Rockford Review, in the summer and current issue of Askew and online at Ms. Colonomos and Ann Buxie have led poetry workshops at the Topanga Library. She also performs her poetry throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

As a playwright, her last production was “The Third from the Left” at the New York International Fringe Festival.  For her play, “Black Dawn” about the Cambodian genocide, she received a Citation from the City of Los Angeles.  Her website is

Painting © 2014 by Frederic Glorieux