Everything you do is political. To think it isn’t political is silly. The car you drive or don’t drive. The branded shirt you wear or don’t wear. The food you get from Safeway grocery or Trader Joe’s. Each makes its own political statement just the same as if you chose for it to make a statement. The fact that you are here, a poet in graduate school when all signs point to a collapsing economy, it’s absurdly and even radically political. Look at you all. You aren’t getting an MBA where you might at least have some potential of making money. You’re getting an MFA in poetry and when you finish your studies you’ll be released into the world with a degree that some people think hilarious and other people think worthless. Things in life do not need to be expressive in their politicalness to be political.
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