The Outrage Industry

No, let me tell you that the more we talk, the more I’m convinced I’m right

Illustration by The Walrus
Illustration by The Walrus

We can work around ignorance.
We can even work around the truth.
In spite of built-in defences, admit
you’ve been abusive, and the abused
will lift the statute of limitations
on sin. Or better yet, kneel in front
of a jury of your peers: talisman;
lynch mob; lashing tail. A whip
pummelling screens until they fill
with TV snow. You can almost switch
the channel, but the mirror wall
is black light. Let me tell you more . . .
no, let me tell you that the more we talk,
the more I’m convinced I’m right.

Jim Johnstone
Jim Johnstone won a CBC Poetry Prize and has published four collections of verse.

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