Ted Millar '95

Adjunct Instructor

"Windows is Shutting Down"
by Clive James

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In an increasingly technological world, where just about everything we do is either by phone, tablet, or laptop, communication is, ironically, breaking down. Roger Waters has a song called "The Bravery of Being Out of Range" about warfare; however, this could easily be applied to the emboldening people feel behind monitors, staring into phones, especially concerning political discourse. This poem, in Clive James's inimical way, subtly speaks to that communication deterioration, and the powerlessness we succumb to as a result.