The New Media
by Larry Greenbaum

My grandfather was one of the first to own a TV
even before WW II was over.
It was a small box with a
magnifying lens mounted in front
of the tiny screen
to magnify the small flickering figures
jumping fence from the outside world
into the living room

the networks mailed out announcements
of the few offerings and viewers
would phone in corrections of errors
made in the live broadcasts

my grandfather's neighbors would crowd in
to watch the boxing match:
Joe Louis vs whoever.
It was over before you had a chance to settle in,
Even faster than you read these lines
and turn the page

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