Ray Ray rejoins our conversation: “the privilege of mind with US as your safety-net”


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Ray Ray from Vote early and often at a political art experience: the “Primary Caucus”

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from A Fake Election at the Visual Studies Workshop

We met Ray Ray Mitrano, a recent MFA graduate from the Visual Studies Workshop, at his mock primary art installation, Primary Caucus and again at his mock election event, Fake Election.

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from Vote early and often at a political art experience: the “Primary Caucus”

Today, Ray Ray offers a poem written four days after the presidential inauguration. While Trump is not mentioned, we include the poem in our ongoing Trump-in-verse series.

the privilege of mind with US as your safety-net



when years of reality tv
and silent microwaved-dinners
catch up to your culture
and tell it to look here
,or don’t,
and your world will be taken over anyway

when generations of apathetic pro-wrestling
laugh-tracks around the foldable tables
sinking indentations into your domestic carpet
that trip anyone
even those blindfolded
to watching the ping-pong
        of policy
now in a stand-up reality
that makes advertisers retire early
and activists full-time
and kids adults

and, what’s next?

Ray Ray Mitrano, Jan. 24th, 2017

SEE ALSO

Vote early and often at a political art experience: the “Primary Caucus”

A Fake Election at the Visual Studies Workshop

Trump is Perverse, Fight in Verse

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