Our Professor Berrington
by Myles Weber (February 2024)
Our Professor Berrington proclaims an end
to certitude except his own. He, like others,
flattens verity, for he’ll extend
a firm denial to facts. He smothers
in the crib hard sciences, as he knows too much
that isn’t so. Simultaneous
turgid pronouncements from a book—his crutch—
grease his smooth escape. Who can free us
from slippery attempts to block, dispose
of, and dread our late advances? Culture regresses
to cave-man schemes when primitives impose
fallacious postulations. No one possesses
the fortitude we need to salvage clarity.
In rudimentary soil doubt is planted.
As his students we lack temerity:
To Professor Berrington, God has grantedas granted
an imitation intellect of a kind,
buried in academic detritus.
On some points, we bear the truth in mind.
On some, our hesitancy circles back to bite us.
Myles Weber is the author of Consuming Silences: How We Read Authors Who Don’t Publish (University of Georgia Press). His work has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, and the Kenyon Review.
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