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Trained in a world of liberal arts anecdote, the simpler, wider facts

Defend themselves easily against your social justice attacks.

You decry “Big Oil,” like freezing winds which blow on oil rigs in the North Sea.

You step on grass. Human, you despoil nature too; yet heap abuse on me.

It is this way of being boring and nice in person, not particularly bright,

Who pins down others in an avalanche of anecdote when you think you’re right

Which condemns—an argument against you has nowhere to go,

Which is how you like it, safely immured in all you think you need to know.

The nice things which big ugly pieces of machinery have done

Don’t register. You advocate sunblock. As if sunblock were the reason for the sun.




  1. tomwest2014 said,

    April 24, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Who is the subject of the opening word, “trained”? Who is the “you” your poem addresses?

    • thomasbrady said,

      April 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      The “you” addressed by the poem is the same as the you “trained,” who “attacks.”

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