PUMPING BOTH OPENINGS
In the rain where I passed out, where I became
In the apostate paraffin aesthetic of being the one,
Cruel and simplified, only saved from being crushed
This time not cruel, but honest and hypnotic—I am
Rhetorical layers as ineffective cures for a warm rain; costly,
"pumping both openings" is an effort to make poetry out of the random words and nonsensical phrases that often accompany "spam" emails—typically advertisements for pharmaceuticals, pornography, stock tips, mortgage refinancing, and so on. My process is to take the words and phrases in these uninvited messages, reorder them, introduce grammatical and poetic elements, and fit it all into my chosen subject matter. The effect, I believe, is transformation of rather thoughtless, impersonal, computer-generated writing into writing that is deliberate, reflective, and personal.