By Bill Kennedy, Darren Wershler-Henry

Within the culture of the phonetic poems of Hugo Ball and the "readymades" of Dada, this exploration of the character of verse straddles the road among shape and nonsense, among goal and chuffed twist of fate. An apostrophe is a poetic determine of speech within which an individual, abstraction, or entity is addressed as though it have been current; it's also the identify of a 1993 poem during which each line is an apostrophe. This undertaking, within which an online seek engine innovatively employs the traces of the 1993 poem as beginning issues for searches, permits the poem to extend and proceed infinitely. the quest engine is inflexible yet indiscriminant, and phrases and words that will now not in a different way meet collide and carom away in an unpredictable demeanour. by means of turns poignant and banal, the ensuing poems are difficult and suitable to a global of elevated technological enter and intrusion.

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Qxd 3/17/06 3:40 PM Page 30 you are trying to hide from it • you are proud to be seen in public with your partner • you are only interested in doing things with your partner • you are only interested in doing things to your partner • you are only interested in your golf score • you are running around naked scaring the kids • you are still a little confused • you are a Jurassic geezer • you have the ugliest dork I’ve ever laid eyes upon • you are hung over • you are really not going to like it • you are dead • you are a woman and you are reading this, which brings up another point: women never listen either • you are going to want to shoot it • you are never too old or too young for chocolate • you are having chocolate and it doesn’t keep the neighbours awake • you are never going to get it or how long it is going to last • you are thinking • you are in a gay church and only half the congregation is kneeling • you are looking through bottom of an empty glass • you are being carried out • you are being taken to another bar • you are drunk, Churchill, and Bessie, you are ugly • you are better informed than all of Parliament • you are paying me too much money • you are having flies • you are being killed or you’ve lost a very important part of your life • you are eager to meet people who do • you are in like Flynn • you are not part of the solution,you are part of the precipitate • you are open  hours • you are rocking in a rocking chair and you go so far that you almost fall over backwards but at the last instant you catch yourself • you are trying to think • you are making other plans • you are only six inches away • you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia; can you read all right?

Tell me, has he got a big dick? And don’t tell me it’s not like that • you are a total prostitute • you are this pampered little suburban chick • you are Goddamn Christy Turlington! I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me • you are partners, so, uh what’s your business? Right, you don’t have one • you are the only one who’s sexually frustrated here? I’m not? Well then come on, baby, I’m ready! • you are going to turn into a real bitch, just like your mother • you are frightened because you knew, really immediately, that she was right • you are into politics and you want to see how to change bankruptcy law to your own advantage • you are looking for advice for numero uno • you are here • you are pregnant?!

But you cut my hand off and left me to die! ”“Uh” • you are womblike and warm • you are all “Whoa” • you are dying to know my opinion on everything, right? Me too! Last night, oh man, I was so tired • you are with me I’m smiling give me, whoa-oh, all your love your hands build me up when I’m sinking touch me and my troubles all fade okay, that was actually written by Styx, but still, you get the idea • you are holding hands and smiling at each other and you know that you are in love, well, it’s nice • you are just wantonly throwing them together?

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