Poets think differently than other people. They see possibilities everywhere. I have used as the basis of my own pieces: 80 common clichés, idioms, lists, random phrases from books, lines from rejection letters I’ve received, even a page from Consumer Reports magazine with the non-poem words blacked out. I’ve done a poem shaped like a bathing suit. A poem in the style of a Psalm. A recipe poem. Acrostic, Anagrammatic, Epitaphic, Palindromic, ABCDarian and more. But this guy blew me away. The following clip from New York Times Magazine contains samples from Nasser Hussain’s new book, SKY WRI TEI NGS, poetry comprised entirely of airport codes. You know, those three-letter designation codes (LAX, JFK, etc) they fasten to your checked luggage so it ends up (hopefully) at the same destination you do. The author compares a poem made from airport codes to “a model of the human genome built out of Legos.”
Last week, crapping Christmas logs and caganers in Nativity scenes in Catalonia, this week, airport code poetry. Every week, a new beehive puzzle to share with my sister. Alas, my NYT’s subscription has come
to an end — the price quadruples after 12 weeks at the “teaser” rate.
SOL ONG NYK TMS
TEN BKS FOR THE
SUN DAY PAP RIS
TOO FKN XPN SVE
(Any resemblance of these letter groups to actual airport codes is completely coincidental.)
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