It is however very much the stereotype people get…and by this definition, what isn’t fiction…

It is however very much the stereotype people get…and by this definition, what isn’t
            fiction.
I read the “predators” as not nearly that old, but definitely that predatory and other.
I never choose sides on such things.
When I commented on it being a “sobering thought” I was in a bit of a different mind set.
Elitism is a nasty beast.
I don’t know where that stuff came from.
My project was a system analysis of, essentially, the role of nothing in the system,
            compared to the role of zero in other systems.
Not disallow it, but embrace such activities with spit and dust.
Disagreements between poets are much more entertaining than disagreements between
            philosophers.
I’m guessing you’re the younger bald man.
Call the scientists!

Note on the Text

Correspondences is composed of 62 poems assembled while cleaning out personal email ahead of a swift termination date at an old job. It took 11 hours and 46 minutes. I don’t know why I timed it. I was thinking about my time there as congealed labor, though I didn’t do much of anything for 20 hours a week in my hidden cubicle. All lines are written by correspondents to me (and so “found” in a specific sense, perhaps “addressed” would be a better term). I normalized the punctuation and capitalization a bit for consistency. Only one line was taken from any given email. Many poets’ prose is poached here, but none from the Atlanta group (where I would read this material as soon as it was written).

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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