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


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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dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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