Not sure how a movie about Jesus has managed to make me feel insecure about my boobs but it has…

Not sure how a movie about Jesus has managed to make me feel insecure about my boobs
            but it has.
My mind is totally unlike my body, and, unless you are a god, so I am certain is yours.
When using more than one unknown, use a letter that reminds you of that unknown.
It’s difficult to know when to reach out, and when you’re going too far.
It is in fact completely excluded that you know this knot.
She’s a woman and now he is a man.
This is not as easy as it might seem.
Act like nothing’s up.

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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