The Oppressor Among Us
by Nic Laurie Orland Koller
Getting buttoned up My necks too thick For ill-fitted shirts They make me look strange And I’m clawing at it like the demon in my head The oppressor is here among us With many ways to use a belt Or haven’t you heard, lord That we could’ve slept in We could’ve enjoyed Coulda just been ourselves All those Sunday mornings
Nic Laurie Orland Koller (they/them) is a visual artist, composer, poet and filmmaker whose work spans painting, experimental film, spoken-word albums, animation and multimedia installations. Nic also cartoons about art and technology for The New Yorker, and their first VR film, “Flowers & a Switchblade,” premiered at Sundance in January 2020. Nic was raised in Texas and currently works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.