Tuesday, July 16, 2013

News at Eleven: "Those aren't my drones obliterating

innocent bystanders. Those drones belong to the government." The self isn't guilty; the state is. On the other hand, when our individuality seems meek, ordinary, and temporary, we embrace the collective and permit it to make us feel significant. "The swimmer didn't win fourteen gold medals. Team U.S.A. did." It's all too convenient. I want the poems to strive towards something more confused and thus more accurate. More importantly, I want words in the poems that aren't in anybody else's poems, or I want to put words together that don't usually go together: Oldsmobile and gladiola, Nader and grackle, Topeka and boffo.

from Guernica: Jaswinder Bolina: Avoiding the Obvious


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