Rooted in the democratic-idealist tradition of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, POEMS FOR THE FUTURE PRESIDENT is a rumination on the America we live in now, the America that one day could be, and the Americas that could have been. Bartelt’s poems have a thematic breadth that encompasses ecological examinations filtered through contemporary philosophy, a search for political and ethical authenticity in the over-stimulated information age, and the meaning of romance and tradition in a dystopian present.
President for 20 seconds
Dear Miss America,
Assisted Suicides (or Aid to Death)
Poem for the Future President
Phoenix: An Ashtray
Children of the Dumb Great Mother
Modern Love I: Weathering
On an airplane,
A STATUS UPDATE: Spring cleaning our digital lives
Life in a Glorified Computer Lab
Agency of McDonald’s
Modern Love II
Headaches from scum need human Tylenol
Michael Bartelt is an undergraduate student and writing tutor on ASU’s downtown campus, perhaps best-known for wearing Chuck Taylors and cut-off t-shirts. He currently nears completion of concurrent degrees in journalism and English literature. Though he once was kicked out of a karate class at the age of five for throwing an undisciplined punch, he has since reformed and is a self-identified pacifist. Bartelt, a millennial, disconnected from Facebook one year, one month, and 17 days ago.