The myth of the autodidact
is killing reality. There are no more
self-educated men than there are

pink dragons in the sky above the Capitol.
Yet we romanticize the self-read,
self-taught, bootstrapped, anti-intellectual

“I know common sense when I see it,
and the rest is just vocabulary” dude.
I met that dude at a party

and he was a blowhard jerkoff,
like the leader of the free world.

The hinges flip at the whim
of a man who thinks Frederick Douglass
is a living popular entertainer.

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