the facebook status update poems.
Jenny Hill builds a lattice-work from the status updates of her Facebook friends, and constructs a cycle of poems which respond to each as if it were a prompt. The dynamic that results creates a flux-field where the details of the everyday don’t merely gain significance, they earn it. An excerpt:
Ron: I delivered a fucking BABY tonight! Yep, a fucking BABY!!!!!!!!! what did u do today? Nursing school is AWESOME!!!!!!!
Someone asks if it was slimy, another wants
the placenta, most are stumped
at how to comment
on all your exclamation marks.
Your hands are a blueprint,
lines mark where life and love dwell
even though you have a habit
of laughing off the diagnostics
of your own pains and accomplishment.
This morning was a full round
of desertion in the hallways,
like an international festival
of mime and puppetry, white coats
coupled around you, disciplined
in their notes and nods.
Then, democrazy seized the moment,
and you were arrowed
into a deserted tunnel of duty:
Deliver a baby. Hold a child in your hands.
This is not childish, this is the hook,
the page in a book that will gauge
your honor, make you wiser.
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