By Michael Seese
As I've mentioned in previous posts, sometimes the poetry muse just drops in out of the blue and stays for a while. But sometimes, I've got to lure her out of hiding. The latter was the case this past week.
A month or so back, I read about a poetry anthology, "Unbecoming: An Anthology of Posthuman Poetry." The description:
In the twenty-first century poetry interfaces with animal-machine. The “human” is not a given concept, but rather is one that is made in an ongoing technological and anthropological process. We hope to publish an anthology of poetry that participates in technological, biological, representational, sexual, political and theoretical post-humanisms. We’re looking for poetry that engages with or is written by animals, beasts, monsters, creatures, aliens, cyborgs, etc. How do bodies that are misunderstood, misfitting, ugly, failures, etc., challenge western, enlightenment figurations of the “self” and “human”? What are the poetics of rhetorical bodies that exceed definition?
I liked the idea. Usually, once I put something comparably easy (easy when compared to a novel) into the back of my mind, it sort of builds upon itself and works its way to the surface. So I contemplated. And waited...
Finally, I came up with a nugget. But it took a while to nurture it. Finally, though, the pieces fell into place. So I present:
The challenge was two-fold. Probably the most obvious was coming up with two-syllable rhyming lines. But finding enough words that rhyme with "EED" was really tough.
Feel free to share your thoughts on "Not Binary." It's due January 1, so I could make some changes.