Her cells were taken for research and found to multiply unlike any cells ever seen to that point in history…

Her cells were taken for research and found to multiply unlike any cells ever seen to that
            point in history.
It is the relations that rule, and people rule and are ruled through them.
Ass should be ass, food should be food, you don’t want to mix them up.
I can remember the limits of only the life that claims me from without.

To give one’s love, is very precisely and essentially to give as such nothing of what one has,
            because it is precisely in so far as one does not have it that there is a question of
            love.

Note on the Text

These 555 sonnets are made with found lines and precise measures, a database and text analytic software. I crunched Shakespeare’s sonnets for word, syllable and character averages — my new measures. The lines’ oddities are their own, the arrangement is mine. After the text analytics and data entry, many ways of assembling are found. I hold to the turn (when I think of it) and that sonnets are poems of a certain size, but little more. Something in excess of the lines passes through, it’s this that I’m chasing.

John Lowther’s work appears in The Lattice Inside and Another South, and Held to the Letter (with Dana Lisa Young) is forthcoming. He works in video, photography, paint and performance. His dissertation-in-progress tries to reimagine psychoanalysis with intersex and transgender lives as pointers toward our ever-expanding subjective potential. His website: http://lowtherpoet.wordpress.com.

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