by Travis Mateer
Michael Robbins is a poet who I thought I could identify with because, in his latest collection of poems, titled Walkman, he talks about not drinking, Christianity, and pop culture.
Then, yesterday, I saw a tweet from Robbins, to which one of his followers replied. Here are the tweets:
I really don’t go looking to pick fights with poets I enjoy reading on Twitter, but I couldn’t let this go without using my first amendment right to express myself, so that’s what I did. Here are some of my tweets (Robbins deleted his responses, but not before I got a screen shot of one of them):
Michael Robbins, in a now deleted tweet, said he DOES struggle with the power THE STATE is grabbing for itself over this pandemic. He even called himself an anti-statist. In a tweet I got a screen shot of, here is Robbins calling me stupid for not jabbing my kids:
While I was waiting for a reply, I flipped through Michael’s book of poems. In one of his poems, there is a line about his sister sending him Klonopin.
Now, I don’t care that Michael Robbins sister committed a crime by sending a controlled substance in the mail to someone who doesn’t have a prescription, but THE STATE might care about it. Why can’t Robbins use his smart poet brain to see where this slippery slope might take us?
And why can’t Robbins use his smart poet brain to see how our “health” industry peddles powerful substances, like Benzodiazepines, without fully informing people of the dangers?
I know this happens because David Boone, a Missoula songwriter, had a good portion of his life destroyed by benzo-toxicity after going to a professional for help with his anxiety. He wasn’t told the risks and had to go through hell to find out the hard way.
Artists are supposed to be helping humanity deal with this crazy world through their art. At least that is what I think artists should be doing.
For example, the science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick, wrote a book about an alternative universe where the Nazis and Japs won WWII, and now that book, titled The Man In The High Castle, is a tv show.
I think Michael Robbins should watch this show because one of the storylines has the son of the main Nazi character get diagnosed with an incurable genetic disease that requires him to be euthanized. Dad gets pretty upset about this, since he hasn’t traded in ALL his empathy for loyalty to the Fuhrer yet.
If Robbins watches this show, he might appreciate how one character decides to choose empathy for an innocent Nazi boy over her loyalty to the resistance, and that choice leads to the good humans stopping the evil humans from nuking the west coast.
Something to think about as our Federal government escalates its war on information and prepares to depict the UNVAXXED as bio-medical terrorists to be feared like Muslims after 9/11.