Avant-Garde Final Project: Randomly-Generated Poem

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“Neoliberal Fugue State” by Grady Pearson, Anonymous YouTube commenters, and the Apple Inc. Legal Team


A shell moves barnacles

Perfect spine of canvass

Extra, and we signal,

display his,

and open.

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Crossing Over: An Explication of Amy Clampitt’s “Discovery” (1993)

Essay completed 11 September 2017

The 1993 poem “Discovery” portrays the prioritization of fantasy over reality that arises when a society separates itself from nature. The speaker dramatizes this divide with the concrete image of humans encountering manatees swimming “upriver to Blue Spring,” a location cast as a neutral territory between the fakeness of the  “cozy mythologies” humans invent and the authenticity nature offers. “No imagining these sirenians dangerously singing,” the speaker remarks, considering the difference between manatees and their fantastical counterparts, “…so much for the Little Mermaid.” Continue reading “Crossing Over: An Explication of Amy Clampitt’s “Discovery” (1993)”

“they did not stop to think”: War and Indoctrination in “next to of course god america i”

Originally submitted 26 February 2016

E. E. Cummings explores the ultimate consequence of unchecked patriotism in his 1926 poem “next to of course god america i.” Through the complex relationship between its two speakers, “next to of course god america i” portrays how a nation maintains its own existence at the expense of its citizens. The primary speaker of the poem is a male speaker who expresses his love for America in rambling dramatic monologue. The quotation marks around his monologue indicate that a second speaker is retelling the words of the male speaker. For the sake of clarity, I will refer to the male speaker simply as “the speaker,” and the second speaker as “the narrator.” By framing the speaker’s monologue with the voice of a narrator, Cummings presents a statement on the relationship between the state and the citizen with multiple layers of awareness and intention. Continue reading ““they did not stop to think”: War and Indoctrination in “next to of course god america i””