It is only by admitting the night physically that one is able to admit it morally…

It is only by admitting the night physically that one is able to admit it morally.
These are not the same thing, and send a distinct message to the reader whether you
            realize it or not.
A normal mirror is hung against the wall, but an observation mirror is set into the wall.
Let your muscles turn to toffee and your mind go pleasantly elastic.
Every kind of empty promise screams out for another high.
I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one.
Die curious.

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, and these are 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 that I’m chasing.

John Lowther’s work appears in the anthologies The Lattice Inside (UNO Press, 2012) and Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (University of Alabama Press, 2003), and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems (Negative Capability Press, 2015). Held to the Letter, co-authored with Dana Lisa Young, is forthcoming from Lavender Ink. His website: http://lowtherpoet.wordpress.com.

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