Apostrophe (Misfits) by Bill Kennedy, Darren Wershler-Henry

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 purpose and satisfied twist of fate. An apostrophe is a poetic determine of speech during which somebody, abstraction, or entity is addressed as though it have been current; it's also the identify of a 1993 poem within which each line is an apostrophe. This venture, within which an online seek engine innovatively employs the strains 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 another way meet collide and carom away in an unpredictable demeanour. by means of turns poignant and banal, the ensuing poems are demanding and suitable to a global of elevated technological enter and intrusion.

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Xoxo • you are planning on sending her a note, please remember to use her new name • you are in trouble, who you gonna call? Oprah • you are who come here every day • you are too late! qxd 3/17/06 3:40 PM Page 62 (an immediately perceptible phenomenon elevated to the level of theological unity) you are not endeavouring to extend your domain, nor have you need of territorial expansion • you are the most qualified and deserving of nations • you are, from every point of view, so happy, free from every worry and sadness – do you not worry for us?

You’re not a fish! You’re having an attack of excited butterflies today; your mind is speeding and you’re feeling a little hyper internally though not externally • you are the sort of person who sometimes indulges in the pastime of people-watching, so I can’t recommend the Hammersmith bus terminus highly enough • you are really lucky because you can play at avoiding being mown down by one of them as they zoom around on Rollerblades • you are thinking of organizing a party in the near future so you need the perfect act to entertain the guests: “It is now possible to witness electrifying and comedic live performances by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe – together again for the very first time – in the same body!

Xoxo • you are planning on sending her a note, please remember to use her new name • you are in trouble, who you gonna call? Oprah • you are who come here every day • you are too late! qxd 3/17/06 3:40 PM Page 62 (an immediately perceptible phenomenon elevated to the level of theological unity) you are not endeavouring to extend your domain, nor have you need of territorial expansion • you are the most qualified and deserving of nations • you are, from every point of view, so happy, free from every worry and sadness – do you not worry for us?

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