Why Read?

Why Read?
J.S. Porter
J.S. Porter

for Alica Jackson

– By J.S. Porter 

I used to say: Read because
you get to know your shadow,
you see the world multi-dimensionally,
you understand the Other…
But these are pastoral reasons,
sheep-in-the-meadow reasons.

A wounded rapacious feral cat prowls the White House

Now I say: Read
to uncover bullshit, expose con men,
disrobe emperors.
Read because Trump doesn’t,
because his associates don’t want you to.

Read against the lies, the disinformation.
Read rebelliously, defiantly,
as if the book in your hands ignites the revolution.

 

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