Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Throwing dishes against the wall: The violence of the real-estate developer

On Friday, 22 July 2016, I wrote an erasure of a speech "given last night in Cleveland by a real-estate developer with authoritarian delusions of grandeur", as I put it when I posted the poem "I Can Be Your White Champion" on my blog. In it, I tried to draw out and emphasize how violent the imagery in the speech was. Later, after almost four years as President of the United States, that real-estate developer encouraged the violence of the attack on the Capitol on 6 January 2021 – and while President, he also regularly threw dishes against the wall. The violence he described was not in the world but in himself. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 28 June 2022)


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