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Agony #2020

Agony Poetry AGONY is the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems It uses semi rigorous mathematical and logical constraints to view the author s life and body telescopically as little bits of time

  • Title: Agony
  • Author: Steven Zultanski
  • ISBN: 9781927040409
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Agony By Steven Zultanski, Poetry AGONY is the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems It uses semi rigorous mathematical and logical constraints to view the author s life and body, telescopically, as little bits of time and space Everything written here is as true as possible that is to say, pretty true It attempts autobiography as a refutation of autobiography, and an elevation of the sePoetry AGONY is the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems It uses semi rigorous mathematical and logical constraints to view the author s life and body, telescopically, as little bits of time and space Everything written here is as true as possible that is to say, pretty true It attempts autobiography as a refutation of autobiography, and an elevation of the self as self effacement Love pops up as a theme quite a bit So does self mutilation, etc There are a lot of numbers, but don t worry, it s about politics and fantasy than numbers, even though, as usual, they show up everywhere Just like pieces of your body after you ve cut them off and scattered them all over the world, and then go out looking for them again, for some reason.

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    1. Sometimes I m about to push someone else s lover in the pool and instead I jump in myself, because what I really want is to be submerged, and the only reason I was going to push someone else in the first place was because I imagined I would better fulfill my wanting by forcing someone else to want the same thing, which, either way, results in my own submersion, finally and then I press the whole length of my body against the bottom of the pool, and hold myself there as long as I can, which isn t [...]

    2. To be read in companionship with Daniel Borzutsky s Data Bodies and Calvino s Mr Palomar I have complaints with Zultanski s use of women s breasts as an alternative metric for measurements buildings being x breasts tall, etc I understand that it is one of many alt metrics relating to the body such as the volume of a single tear however there s a too familiar violence in the fetishization of a decontextualized object of sexual desire What affordance does this alt metric bring that wouldn t be bet [...]

    3. Zultanski writes in clear mathematical prose, presenting a a mundane thing in the world crying a single tear, pushing one s nostrils up against glass, sitting in one s childhood room, and building a mountain of hypotheticals around it Many of these sections function as mathematical proofs, and Zultanski does a fair share of calculation, but weirding the units with which something is measured how many breasts tall is the Empire State Building or measuring things that one would never need to measu [...]

    4. So seas cannot be shattered, and worlds can That which is not shatterable, thus, is not a world A world is defined by its shatterability Some planets, then, could never be worlds The gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune will not shatter no matter how many Taipei 101s are dropped on them gas is durable as water.

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