by Robert Berry

Many boys
Have spent long hours smacking away at a set of
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

Some may argue that this programs children to unconstructively deal with aggression through inanimate objects, making mechanical thugs fight our battles, and programming us to do the same to our fellow man for the rest of our lives.

Smacking the enemy without even looking at them.


there's nothing better than the sound of 
ringing through the air
as the blue robot head flies up quickly
from the perfect
red-fisted uppercut.