Terri: What disturbs me most about this poem is its level of uncaring.
Kris: Satire is an insulation from pain.
Sam: To be smile at death itself – is that not heroic?
Tim: Yes, but at times I wonder if the author doesn't admire what he's criticizing.

Marlboro Country: 1975

Welcome to where the flavor is -
The flavor of fresh, menthol Viet Cong
and premium Virginia tobacco blended with
flaming napalm.

Breathe deeply and enjoy the fragrance ah
polyester body bags 'n
villages blasted off any map.

Taste the excitement of Marlboro Country –
a place where new things happen fast.

If you're a man who enjoys excitement
with a hunger dieing to be satisfied
join the army and shoot away –
we offer you a blast day after fuckin' day!

Bored with life?
Take a puff!
Smoke this crap 'n soon enuff
you'll be tooting 'yankee doodle'
as yer machine gun chants 'tut-tut-tut!'