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AUDIO: 'Where There Is Rust': A Timely Poem About Knowledge in an Age of Deceptive Discourse

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“Let this inform you how/ to be informed” begin Peter Burzynski’s scathing couplets on critical thinking at a time when misinformation floods our daily lives.

Peter Burzynski reads “Where There Is Rust.”

Where There Is Rust

By Peter Burzynski

Let this inform you how
to be informed. Keep up.

“Hurry up please it’s time.â€
You once knew how to baulk

at tick-tockery, break synopsis.
It is all going to happen at once:

knowing. Be prepared. This Time
it will eat you the fuck alive.

Peter Burzynski is a third-year Ph.D. student and graduate assistant coordinator of creative writing and poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from New York’s New School university and a master’s in Polish literature from Columbia University. He works as a teaching assistant, occasional adjunct and an assistant editor for the cream city review. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry blog, Thin Air, Prick of the Spindle, Working Stiff, Thrush Poetry Review, Your Impossible Voice, RHINO and Forklift, Ohio, among others.

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