They worship everything and they value nothing...

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They worship everything and they value nothing...

'THEY WORSHIP EVERYTHING AND THEY VALUE NOTHING' - La La Land

 

cynical demigods make for the best role models

and

waking up to a cold pizza on the next-face pillow

is akin to a slice of heaven with a touch of ham

and

going nowhere so fast you get a whiplash

is now available for sixty-six-point-six each month

 

we loved us so much

that we turned out to be the biggest disappointment since sliced bread

 

we thought

no good man could run for president

and so we made sure no good men did.

 

Katariina Kottonen

Katariina Kottonen is an author with an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford and an interest in everything. She is a contributor to The Oxonian Review and The Oxford Cultural Review and the founder of the Chance & Physics website

 

 

6.7.16

Before the game began, the servers crashed,

From trainers fled in unforeseen amounts

(Provided they'd not parted with their cash,

And not signed up for Japanese accounts).

 

A score of stable users, turning back

Away from bitter, unrelenting news.

With nothing left to do but wait, and track

The monsters only seen by CPUs. 

 

The game gives no way forward, no one route.

We trudge along on pixellated feet.

Become post-fact, post-reason, and post-truth,

We stick it to the Liberal Elite.

 

While businessmen in distant rooms prepare

The coming world of darkness and dismay,

Enjoy your friendships not beyond repair

And gather ye Pokémon while ye may. 

 

William Shaw

William Shaw is an English finalist at Corpus Christi. He has previously written for The Oxford Student, Cherwell, and Phaser Magazine, among others. You can find him online athttps://williamshawwriter.wordpress.com/

 

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Sophie Badman

Sophie Badman

Sophie Badman is a student at Trinity College, Oxford, reading English Language and Literature. She has published writing in student competitions and publications across Oxford, and is very excited to take on the role of publications assistant at Oxford Writers' House. Past work experience includes teaching English at the SAES (Seminar for Advanced English Studies) summer school in Oxford, profile writing at Fairtrade and research/administrative work at Penfida Ltd. 


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