Ours is a world fundamentally determined by the politics of panic. It seems that time itself has fallen prey to the capitalistic logic of scarcity, a scarcity carefully managed by politicians and bureaucratic experts for the cultivation of both wealth and power. Recent market woes have only served to fuel this pathological urgency, rendering the creative cessation of consumptive patterns economically perilous; the willful pause for reflexive contemplation socially subversive; and the life-giving power of “free time” implicitly bound to the therapeutic satisfaction of “needs” shaped by marketers and polling data.
The following is a series of weird ‘Craigslist, inc.’ advertisements from San Diego listings. My goal was to write a poem on each ad, that reflects the gist of the advertisement. I employed the following constraints in the composition of these pieces: 1) I only use words directly from the ad, spelled as they are […]