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Wednesday, January 27, 2021


by Gilbert Allen

The Arizona Republican Party on Saturday approved resolutions to censure Cindy McCain, widow of the late Senator John McCain, and former Senator Jeff Flake for endorsing President Joe Biden, and Governor Doug Ducey for enforcing the state's coronavirus restrictions. —Newsweek, January 23, 2021. Cartoon by Nick Anderson, January 26, 2021.

They Zoom from their refrigerated trucks: 
You are the slowest students on God’s earth. 
We’re sick of lecturing, you stupid fucks. 
They Zoom from their refrigerated trucks 
that, for the record, Purgatory sucks. 
And now their message buffers. For what it’s worth 
they won’t stop Zooming from their hopeless trucks. 
But we’re the slowest students on God’s earth. 

Gilbert Allen lives in upstate South Carolina, where he still encounters unmasked persons in indoor spaces. His most recent books are Believing in Two Bodies and The Beasts of Belladonna.