from 555, five sonnets by John Lowther

Note on the Text 555 is a collection of sonnets whose construction is database-driven and relies on text analytic software. I crunched and analyzed Shakespeare’s sonnets to arrive at averages for word, syllable and character (inclusive of punctuation but not spaces). These averages (101 words, 129 syllables, 437 characters) became requirements for three groups of […]

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  Simple Variations I was a nose and two eyes and a mouth I was a gender and a race and a class I was a language and a code and a system a culture and a mass and a movement Once, but only once, I thought was a cult, then thought I was magic, […]

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Five Poems by Ray Shea

  Compulsion / Shame / The Infinite   Compulsion   It was a boundary crossed and recrossed until it was just a habit.   It was the worst thing in the world until you’d done everything worse.       Shame   The one who looks like Gollum hovers wide-eyed and wet in the doorway […]

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