a gathering of experiments.
instructed by Professor Charles Bernstein and with the help of English 111.

and what i have learned?

an artist is nothing but a risk-taker with intent. everything is poetic, it's just about how you look at it.

Ode to the City

It’s pretty out there

New York City

I think it’s just that city

I gotta get out there now!

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen

Please remember

You are so lucky

We will be arriving in New York City

Yes!

Last call, last call

For New York City

This is the perfect time to go home.

I was so overwhelmed

It was so exhausting

I can figure this thing out.

I gotta there out there now.

Noises

Zipper

Laughter

Laughter

Ring ring

Ring

Ring ring

Zipper

Sigh

Yawn

Ghgmrugh

Achoo

Cough

Zip

Yawn

Mumble hrumph

Shwishshwishswish

Cough

Buzz

Laugh

Zip

yawn

Attention: Amtrak Train from Philadelphia to Stamford, CT. 6:03 pm-7:03 pm.

How do I know when my stop is

I’m really bad at my ipad, some people are so good at that stuff

(Bag zipping)

Heeheeheehee (child’s laughter)

Oh my god it’s pretty out there, right?

Ok

Ouch!

(laughter)

(cell phone ring, a piano, not a normal ring)

(1 minute later, cell phone still ringing, unanswered)

Metro Park

Metro Park about 10 minutes

Are you waiting for Metro park? Yes. Yes.

Your ticket says….

You know why?

Yea, THAT…

(zipper)

Samantha?

Do you know what a subpoena is?

Do you do that your whole life?

I think it’s just that city.

Did you hear he has a date with the cute artist?

Wait what was number 8?

(loud sigh)

(yawn)

Dean! Dean!

Ladies and gentleman, we are now arriving in Metro Park! Metro Park, Metro Park, watch your step as you exit the train. Metro Park!

(woman’s laughter)

Daddy? What’s this?

(woman clearing throat)

Last call, last call for Metro park! Metro Park!

No!

We’re going to have very similar poems huh?

Yes! What!

Um excuse me is this seat taken?

Next station stop will be Newark Airport.

(sneeze)

Newark airport is coming up next, the airport is next!

(man coughing)

that’s so cool!

(zipper)

(yawn)

I don’t want this.

(mumbles)

she said it will be like 15 or 20 minutes

stop hitting me! I need back up! I need back up.

Wow look what happened.

You’re so lucky.

Oh yeaaah

Yea dude, yea dude

Daddy look!

Oh no!

Oh shit! How do I do that?

There he is!

Ladies and gentleman, just a few moments until our next station stop will be…

Will be what? Was that a joke?

Ladies and gentleman at this time the café car is now closed, the café car is now closed, it will reopen upon our departure from New York City. Once again ladies and gentleman the café car is now closed.

Ladies and gentleman in just a few short moments our next station stop will be Newark international airport.

Owwww pow pow pow ahh owww!

FIYAH!

Good thing I didn’t do this on the walk

You’re the eating machine!

Yea I think I do

(train rushes by, loud sounds like air in a wind tunnel)

ladies and gentleman our next station stop will be downtown Newark, New jersey in approximately 12 minutes. At this time the café car is closed, the café car is closed, the café car will reopen upon departure from New York City.

I’m fine, I’m fine!

Newark is coming up next, Newark is up next.

Jesus everybody wants to be the conductor today.

Um no, where you going? Like 34th? Um it goes to Stamford, I’m sorry, New Rochelle.

The next is Penn Station right?

Yes.

How did woods get in this? How did woods get in it.

Huh? Right hea

Oh yes! Wahhh boom

Once again ladies and gentleman we’re at Downtown Newark New Jersey. Please remember all your belongings when leaving the train. Once again, downtown New Jersey.

I want my…

You do or you don’t?

(child coughing)

woaaah! I gotta get out there now! Do you wanna see my…

(phone call) yo, hey what’s going on? I’m on the train back to New York, um, like 5 minutes. What’s going on? Yea can I give you a call back in like 5 minutes? Huh? Are you back in Baltimore, heading back? Alright cool. Let me start getting my stuff together. alright cool see ya..

We’re in new jersey?

Ladies and gentleman this is Amtrak train 132 en route to Boston. This is not New Jersey transit. If you have a small pink ticket please step off of thet rain at this time.

(conversation):

Hey! I didn’t even see you!

How are you?

That’s so funny we’ve been sititng next to each other the whole time

Where are oyu going?
im going home for Passover.

Oh I mean what station?

On New York, penn station

This is the perfect time to go home

I know it’s the best, to be chilling huh

Yea I know

Did you go to dayglow last night

Yea.

So fun right?

Well I peaced, I was so overwhelmed.

Ah really? Yea it was so exhausting

Did you have trouble getting in?

No not really, it wasn’t that bad, we just went right in.

yea we had to jump a fence, we were pushed together face to face, so packed.

….

It was kind of hard to watch.

Yea but it was a good ending to Fling.

Yea because on Saturday there’s not usually something to do.

Yea it was so fun.

(at this point I got bored of the conversation…. But that’s most of it)

three nights at home? Yea I’m not trying to do that really. The situation is…. I want to go and make sure she’s ok. He boosted it before, ok ok, but that was a while ago… can she put her hands on hers? I can look for hers too. I think it might have been under her family name. I can figure this thing out. Ok you have a good evening, bye.

Yea im on the train on the way back from DC.

Ladies and gentleman, shortly we will be arriving in New York City at Penn Station. Please remember to gather your belongings.

(women’s laughter) ohhh!

(zipper)

(yawn)

Penn station?

Yep.

This is the train to Boston. The scheduled departure time is 7:30. 7:30 is the scheduled departure time. it is now 6:55. If you leave the train, we are on track number 9. 7:30. 7:30.

Matthew! Dad…

Dad, right here. I’m just going to use the bathroom.

Ok.

They said it was 30 minutes.

Class Twitter Poems

Sarah Davis:

 

“You”

 

I am listening to the night.

I am still trying to find you.

I hear the music.

I hear you.

I am listening to you.

You always sound the same.

You always smell the same.

You lick the back of my neck.

You can have me.

I can’t control how much I want you.

Your limbs drape over mine at night.

And I don’t even need a blanket to stay warm.

When looking at you from below, it’s hard to believe you are real.

You can have me.

Inefficiency of language…

Too much…

You hit me with…bricks…with…anger…with…wild, play.

Extinguished light.

 

What’s the price of a good night?

Virgin devastation?

I have a theory:

Scattered snow on the side of the road.

 

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Olivia Haber-Greenwood:

 

Upside down and turned around tweets

I call it spiritual relationship. not religion.

There is no such thing as upside down.

You picked up the telephone and it was religion calling your spirit.

Unimaginable devastation across the world and here the rain.

There is no such thing as upside down.

The rain here makes us imagine what it is to be devastated.

laughter is our friendships barometer.  I don’t even need a blanket to stay warm.

There is no such thing as upside down.

Our friends laugh at warmth. Blankets hang over our needless barometers. 

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Alexandra Gold:

I.

Spring break is a chauvinist play pen

"I blinked and there were too many people"

The overhead bin is cumbersomething

 

#travellingproblemsandpuns

 

                                    II.

snowing, snowing, yawn.

Is there anybody out there? Nod if you can hear me?

 

@itslily111 nod

 

                                    III.

Pieces of a wild night scattered on the side of the road.

In the morning: sins beneath virgin feet.

and how much I want to bounce around on them and float

And the crowd went wild

southern hospitality and getting hit with glittery bricks

im still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here

ago1d11

#happybreak!

 

IV.

nikkiwrites111:

The inefficiency of human thinking is simply mind boggling

My book keeps telling me “that which you manifest is before you.” I’m trying to figure out the truth

When looking at them from below, it’s hard to believe clouds are real

I have a theory on getting angry about things you can’t control (i.e. traffic)… Don’t.

what’s the price of a good night’s sleep?

 

                                   

V.

too often i mistake tv screens for mirrors

The sensational simile hit her like a metaphor

and don’t even get me started on the infinite failure of language Market Basket: more for your metaphor

 

VI.

Unimaginable devastation across the world and here the rain is causing unrest

I think for the first time in my life I understand the feeling of irreplaceable

"There’s no such thing as upside down"

 

 

                                    VII.

For AL111CE:

laughter is our friendships barometer

my little sister drapes her limbs over mine every night.

I don’t even need a blanket to stay warm

Her hair was smooth and light, it licked the back of her neck as

she swayed to the music

I call it spiritual relationship. not religion.

 

 

 

VIII.        (Traveling)

Idle one-armed bandits and a train ride back to Philadelphia

Every airport smells the same- faux cleanliness too much air conditioning and recently extinguished cigarettes

on a plane to jupiter, be back sometime soon

SimoStolzoff111: “if i could have a super power it would be to not have sand stick to my feet after the beach”

 

i wish vacations weren’t only survived by sunburns

 

 

                                    IX.

Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right

And on the bright side, the sun is shining.

there goes the sun and i say its all right

because I’ve always had a thing for polarity

 

 

                                    X.

Back into the grind of academia

 

#hanneng111. andrea_eng111.

#ChrlesBernstein

 

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Lily Avnet:

 

 Travels

I wish vacations weren’t only survived by sunburns

Because on the bright side, the sun is shining.

Because I’ve always had a thing for polarity

I wish I lived in the Arctic,

On a plane to jupiter, be back sometime soon

There goes the sun and i say its all right

Snowing, snowing, yawn.

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                                    (Un)Language

this.is.a.line.of.poetry.this.is.a.line.of.poetry.this.is.a.line.of.poetry

The inefficiency of human thinking is simply mind boggling

Late is late, sure, but whatever is almost always something else.

And the crowd went wild

The sensational simile hit her like a metaphor

Back into the grind of academia

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                                             Ego Thoughts

I am listening to overtures. Overture Prelude Welcome, we’re about to start.

If I could have a super power it would be to not have sand stick to my feet after the beach

"I blinked and there were too many people"

I think for the first time in my life I understand the feeling of irreplaceable

I wish I lived in the Arctic,

My book keeps telling me “that which you manifest is before you.” I’m trying to figure out the truth

im still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter hereIs there anybody out there? Nod if you can hear me?

I have a theory on getting angry about things you can’t control (i.e. traffic)… Don’t.

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                                    Weather

There goes the sun and I say its all right

I wish vacations weren’t only survived by sunburns

Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right

Because I’ve always had a thing for polarity

I wish I lived in the Arctic,

I’m still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here

When looking at them from below, it’s hard to believe clouds are real

snowing, snowing, yawn.

And on the bright side, the sun is shining.

 

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Alice Liu:

Collaborative “Twitter” Poem

(Spring Break)

 

The piano man getting hit with glittery bricks nods.

He mistakes pieces of a wild night scattered on the side of the road

for unimaginable devastation across the world.

He’s still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter.

The rain is causing unrest.

He often mistakes TV screens for mirrors.

It’s hard to believe human thinking is real. 

If I could

I’d hit him like a metaphor.

Lick the back of his neck with my hair

Drape my limbs over his every night 

I’m trying to figure out the truth.

My book tells me you don’t need a blanket to stay warm

But when I look up beneath virgin feet

I blink on the bright side.

I smell extinguished cigarettes in air conditioned cleanliness

I get angry about things I can’t control.

The same cumbersomethings. 

It’s hard to believe the sun is shining.

 

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Hannah Dow:

 

I wish I lived in the Arctic

snowing,

snowing,

yawn.


When looking at them from

below,

it’s hard to believe clouds are real

and how much I want to

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Here comes the sun                                                 and I say it’s all right.

There goes the sun                                                 and I say it’s alright.

Unimaginable devastation across the world and here the rain is causing unrest.

 

I’m still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here

I call it spiritual relationship. Not religion.

And on the bright side, the sun is shining.

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Henry Steinberg:

 

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Andrea Amanullah:

 

there’s no such thing as upside down

as she sways to the music,

hair licking the back of her neck.

there goes the sun and i say its all right:

for the first time in my life i understand the feeling of irreplaceable.

hit with glittery bricks, we strive for new and unusual experiences,

only survived by sunburns.

things you can’t control always have a thing for polarity:

i blinked and there were too many people

and the crowd went wild.

she drapes her limbs over mine, a spiritual relationship in laughter,

sins beneath virgin feet.

it’s hard to believe in a good night’s sleep, vacation.

im still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here,

but on the bright side, the sun is shining.

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Simone Stolzoff:

 

Twitter Poem

There goes the sun

causing unrest.

Because i’ve always had a smile

On a plane to jupiter—

the overhead bin

upside down.

I blinked on the bright side

to remember the feeling

survived by sunburn.

 

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Nicole Mendell:

 

“That Which You Manifest is Before You” (Vacation Tales):

 

Into the Tundra

 

I wish I lived in the artic,

On a plane to Jupiter, be back sometime soon,

There goes the sun and I say its alright,

Snowing,

            Snowing,

                        Yawn.

My little sister drapes her limbs over mine every night,

I don’t even need a blanket to stay warm.

Snowing,

            Snowing,

                        Yawn.

I’m still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here.

Is anybody out there? Nod if you can hear me?

Because I’ve always had a thing for polarity.

 

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————

 

Journey to the Sun

 

And on the bright side, the sun in shining,

I want to bounce around and float.

There’s no such thing as upside down,

With the pieces of a wild night scattered on the side of the road,

I’m still trying to find the rainbow in the gutter here.

 

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Conversations with strangers while waiting in line

 

A: “What’s the price of a good night’s sleep?”

B: “I have a theory on getting angry about things you can’t control. Don’t.”

A: “Every airport smells the same – faux cleanliness, too much air conditioning and recently extinguished cigarettes”

B: “Yea, I blinked and there were too many people”

A: “The inefficiency of human thinking is simply mind boggling”

B: “I know, late is late, sure, but whatever is almost always something else.”

A: “That’s it! I’m at my twits end.”

A: “There was a piano man and the crowd went wild!”

B: “Oh? Lately I’m listening to overtures”

A: “I wish vacations weren’t only survived by sunburns”

B: “Yea, if I could have a super power it would be to not have sand stick to my feet after the beach”

A: “Well there goes the sun”

B: “Back to into the grind of academia.”

A: “The sensational simile hit her like a metaphor”

B: “Like getting hit with glittery bricks?”

A: “Sure. The pieces of her wild night were scatted on the side of the road in the morning. Like sins beneath virgin feet.”

 

Exquisite Corpse
My friends and I did an exquisite corpse, which is considered a collection of words or images that is assembled by a collective group. We folded the paper so that you could not see what the person before had drawn. I think the different interpretations of the “body” of this monster is interesting.

Exquisite Corpse

My friends and I did an exquisite corpse, which is considered a collection of words or images that is assembled by a collective group. We folded the paper so that you could not see what the person before had drawn. I think the different interpretations of the “body” of this monster is interesting.

This weekend, a door in my house broke. It was kind of chaotic. The two images above are the door before and after.

This is a conversation written entirely in Blackberry Messenger emoticons. I was inspired to “write” this based on conversations that I have had in the past with friends in which we only used the smiley faces and other symbols. Specifically, on my birthday this year I broke the keyboard of my phone and was stuck only using the emoticons to communicate. For example, if someone sent me “Happy Birthday,” I would respond with a smile or thumbs up. The images become replacement for the words but I think it’s possible to glean the meaning.

This is a conversation written entirely in Blackberry Messenger emoticons. I was inspired to “write” this based on conversations that I have had in the past with friends in which we only used the smiley faces and other symbols. Specifically, on my birthday this year I broke the keyboard of my phone and was stuck only using the emoticons to communicate. For example, if someone sent me “Happy Birthday,” I would respond with a smile or thumbs up. The images become replacement for the words but I think it’s possible to glean the meaning.

Google Search Results + Cut Up Machine =

What is can’t.

Can’t I hear magic?

Can’t you love?

Do we stop much to

realize

short like day

day you snow -

you know snow.

Magic stop like love.

Can’t is my you address.

Google Search Results

1.

I Can’t

I can’t

I can’t love you back

I can’t make you love me

I can’t sleep

I can’t think straight

I can’t lie

I can’t get no satisfaction

I can’t wait

I can’t stop loving you

I can’t find my phone

2.

What is

What is a grenade in New Orleans

What is the cloud

What is my ip

What is a g6

What is love

What is my ip address

What is a short sale

What is gluten

What is happening in Egypt

What is twitter

3.

How much

How much house can I afford

How much should I weigh

How much snow

How much is a stamp

How much are stamps

How much protein per day

How much does an abortion cost

How much is my house worth

How much snow are we going to get

How much is my car worth

4.

Do you

Do you remember

Do you hear what I hear

Do you realize

Do you love me

Do you like waffles

Do you believe in magic

Do you underline book lyrics

Do you know

haiku


I.

Should have always known

There truly is no cure for

The hardest of hearts.

II.

Smokey clouds floating

Bodies collide at the sound

Unlikely brothers

III.

Partial victory

I always miss sleeping when

I open my eyes

IV.

Controlling your life

Is just out of your control

Example, goosebumps

the message


today was rather cold

and things have been warm

the trees are still skinny

and bare

though

a mysterious package

thrust onto the empty shore

where she waited

weary

inside was candy

small and delicious

but she knew better

it’s delicious while it lasts

but it’s small

unreliable

and she wondered

if she would ever get

an everlasting gobstopper

short form inspired by Robert Grenier


I.

If you can’t make yourself laugh what else do you have

II.

It was our hangout spot all weekend

because they had awesome foosball tables

III.

how much

did that set you

back

IV.

Redux

was probably not the right word

but I pretended to understand you

in that small box

you’re there but holding back

and I was told there is nothing I can do

in that small box

                                                                                  although there is something I can do

                                                                                  but she told me not to

                                                                                  but what does she know?

Just say something

in that small box

Forward March (a Hay(na)ku)

panicking

because time

is running out.

running

earnest attempts

to accomplish everything.

everything

will always

be too much.

always

thought, there

is more time.

time

makes me

start to panic.

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