With anti-vaxers in mind, Pruitt amends “Abating the Wave Machine”

With anti-vaxers in mind, Pruitt amends “Abating the Wave Machine”

[8/28/21 Liberty Pole Way. Rally against vaccine mandates. At-large City Council candidate, Marcus Williams (Republican, Conservative) in rear. Photo: David Kramer]

As seen in On Election Day morning, Bill Pruitt offers “Abating the Wave Machine”, last November Bill Pruitt hoped the election would calm down the wave machine. Almost a year later, Bill has his doubts. In response to the “anti-vax” movement, Bill amends the poem.

8/28/21 Liberty Pole, Photo: David Kramer

On August 28th, I witnessed a rally at the Liberty Pole condemning vaccine mandates and questioning the efficacy of vaccines themselves, including fears the vaccine movement was a dangerous form of social control.

Abating the Wave Machine

it’s stirred up lots of ignorance
anger, hatred
bad medicine
when we got sick

we need to turn it off
we can,

just have to reach in
and remove
that one
power train

it’s tricky
there are so many of us at the controls,
it requires
an integrated movement

like a tornado,

and after that, a cleanup crew
they’ll need benefits
it’s a lifetime job

to put back
what was destroyed
in four years


Literature table at the Liberty Pole, Photo: David Kramer 8/28/21


Did you ever see a chicken with its head cut off?
It’s still flapping around the yard.
Don’t expect self-interest to prevail.


William Pruitt


On Election Day morning, Bill Pruitt offers “Abating the Wave Machine”

Is my personal pandemic almost over?

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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 and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. 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, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. 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 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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