Keynote Speech by Angi Holden

If you want politically correct

you’re in the wrong place.

You know what he’s like –

brash, self-indulgent, in yer face.

His arrogance is refreshing,

his challenge to convention

a wake-up call, a kick in the butt.

So you’re sitting there, bowling along

to the rhythms of his expletives,

his heckoring tirades.

And then he acts out this story:

a woman standing up to him,

his hand raised, ‘Shut up bitch’,

the motion of striking.

The laughter is uncomfortable

but in the moment

when you might have objected

you imagine him turning towards you,

sneering, calling you bourgeois.

So you sit tight, diminished

by your failure to stand up,

to be counted.

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