Everybody has a secret face.
And it is an essential condition.
It is this way for everyone in these times.
There’s no concept of weekends anymore.
You should get out of the cell block some time.
Remember, this is not a gazelle hunt.
It’s like a microwave on my forehead.
The way I walk is just the way I walk.
The problem is particularity.
The muses are not cooperating.
They did nothing to challenge or resist.
I can hear the chemicals singing.
There may be another way to get off.
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.