It Was Only a Joke

That’s what the radical right always says when somebody actually calls them out. Classic bully behavior. But in any case, how fucking delusional can you be? These people have a pretty exalted view of their place in the world & their relationship to the divine; but then I knew that, I grew up with the creeps.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “It Was Only a Joke”

  1. On the morning after the 2000 election, a student here in Basel asked me what I thought about the Bush family. I said I did not like them because they are bullies. She did not know the word “bully,” but I knew she was a Harry Potter fan, so with a flash of insight, I said that the Bushes are like the Malfoy family. — And like you, I can tell a bully a mile away, because I grew up with them.

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