To be quite frank, for this reader, the arrangement of text and various text type on a page, the aural qualities of a song, the use of visual art to bump up the recognition factor--all these are worthy expansions of the genre BUT they have to have something to say that makes me want to keep going through the poem.
I found a few poets in here that were useful. Rita Wong at the end of the book had a poem called "value chain," that I enjoyed, which starts off by asking "how does one go about turning english from a low context language into a high context language?" and runs through the different forms of language use--internal and external; consumerism; advertising; leaching away of different cultural backgrounds; sexual language; your dietary language; the words of your parents and of course, the terminology of the war machine. It had the fun lines "so much depends on a thin wok/the number of greens you can eat it limited only by your fear of pesticides,./hello silent spring" and yet--what was this poem all about? Values as mentioned in the title? The values in the chain of language? Ideas embedded in our words?
The definition of context according to the FreeDictionary--
So I suppose she is trying to say that the English language we employ is of low quality --the surround of it is so sparse--and processed that it a sort of fast food language and she is asking how to make it more nutritious and meaningful?
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Jason Le Heup had a neat poem "excerpt from Indefinite Sweat," which I am not going to try and explain since I haven't a clue what it is about --except it may or may not involve " the transport of sexes". Hmm..
I liked Larissa Lai's excerpt from Rachel. This poem is about a cyborg and part of it is like this:
I'll try and go back and look at the other poets in here but right now I'm slightly off center and need to head back to the safe shores of conservative poetry.