Duck Duck Goose by Feng Sun Chen

8 Nov

Is it still a game if you’re the only player?, the speaker asks in the middle of this poem in the new issue of Diagram. And the parts of this poem surrounding this line answer a definitive maybe. We’ve got the action, the movement, as this poem twists, turns, and causes havok with some awesome language. But also, it seems more than a game, as the speaker realizes, Each targeting our one ever-bleeding legend/wrapped up in all sorts of literal objects.

Here is a definitive yes: this poem rules.

Also, here are two other pieces from issue 10.5 that smacked me in the mouth (FEELIN GOOD):

Self-Portrait on Pop Rocks by Sarah Carson: OHYEAH first line, very cool build

Heat, Pressure, Time: Desire, Narrative, Time by Hilary Plum: impressive stretching of language

 

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