Enlightenment Ageless by Louisa Mastromarino was placed in the semifinals of Poetry Nation's National Poetry Competition. This work is slated for a 2023/24 publishing in Quilted Voices by Eber and Wein Publishing.
Have we come this far after the Enlightenment Era
just to move nothing? Did Montesquieu, Baruch,
Rousseau, and Diderot, all die in vain?
Are they all still men of madness failing to be heard?
The 1600’s and 1700’s proved to be righteous enough
when Fredrick the Great rode his towering steed
through wars and famine-draped cities.
All the time, without fail, he could rail and believe
that artists had the rights of kings.
John Locke, have we forgotten not,
dialogued systems of government where individuals
were equal and enlightened pioneers.
Art flourished with realism drab from Caravaggio’s
musicians playing Mozart in precision to Wright’s
Blacksmiths in motion.
Voltaire’s philosophy inspired patriotic men like
Thomas Paine whose Common-Sense pamphlet
Who will change the system like Washington, King,
Dubois or Floyd and the modern revolutionaries?
Who will inspire today’s youth and tell them to
birth a new revolution in modern synchronicities?
A black moon rises in the sun where guns cannot go still mourning the enlightenment and the distilled evil growing in the dark.
Tattoo Trials by Louisa Mastromarino, a custom-designed poem, was selected along with 16 other finalists for inclusion in Tattoo Anthology to be published by Guts Publishing. Submissions came from all around the world - from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Czechia, Italy, Poland, India, USA, Nigeria, and China. Tattoo Anthology is expected to be released in September, 2023.