I Am Aziz Ansari

Caitlin Iona - I-am-Aziz-Ansari-Found-Poem

Caitlin Iona, 2018

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“I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life”, by Katie Way
“Aziz Ansari is not the woke desi feminist we thought he was”, by Harnidh Kaur
“The pursuit of white women: Brown actors like Aziz Ansari have reduced brown women to a punchline”, by Nadya Agrawal
“Assault is not a feeling. The Aziz Ansari story shows why language matters”, by Tiffany Wright
“The Aziz Ansari furore isn’t the end of #MeToo. It’s just the start”, by Sarah Solemani
“Has #MeToo gone too far, or not far enough? The answer is both”, by Laura Kipnis
“10 Thoughts On Grace, Aziz Ansari, And Girls Who Don’t Give A F _ CK: Notes From A Sexual Literacy Educator”, by Natasha Singh
“Aziz Ansari and the Struggle to Trust the ‘Feminist’ Men of Hollywood”, by Cate Young
“this whole Aziz Ansari story is deeply irresponsible journalism.”, by @skinnymarie
“Let’s be honest about Aziz Ansari”, by Lucia Brawley
“The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari”, by Caitlin Flanagan
“HLN Host Ashleigh Banfield Slams Aziz Ansari Accuser: ‘You Have Chipped Away at a Movement’”, by Patrick Shanley
“Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.”, by Bari Weiss
“Babe, what are you doing?”, by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
“What’s the difference between a bad date and a wild night? It depends who you ask”, by Hadley Freeman

Uncanny

The origin of adults
is shrouded in mystery.
Nothing is known
about what they first looked like
or the circumstances
that made their appearance possible.
Identification is complicated
by extreme variability.
Nomenclature is incredibly jumbled,
and species are juggled about
with capricious ease.
Many can change
their proportions
drastically, become
extremely contracted
or unnaturally distorted.
Sharply toothed, they may
be mistaken for ghosts,
but they break into pieces
at the slightest provocation,
so are best left alone.

Claire Bateman, 2018

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The Audubon Society Field Guide Series
The Peterson Field Guide Series

Habitat

It is impossible
to transplant time,

to dig up without injury
the full root system

bluish, delicate, forked,
neither male nor female.

Transverse candelabra
seen only with the aid
of a binocular microscope,

it spreads and speeds
faster than it dies.

Claire Bateman, 2018

Remixed works:

The Audubon Society Field Guide Series
The Peterson Field Guide Series

Star Head

Look directly into the face.

Radiating in a wheel-like fashion,
the absent center
(that small, wind-bearing organ)

may be removed
so that the entire corolla
breaks open.

Exposed, its astronomical number
sings both day and night
at frequencies far above the human register

and rids the body
of poisonous spirits.
Many can be collected directly
into a killing jar or other container
without the use of a net.
Preserved, they will keep
indefinitely.

Claire Bateman, 2018

Remixed works:

The Audubon Society Field Guide Series
The Peterson Field Guide Series

08072017

Randall Smith - Editorial Cantos - 08072017Randall Smith, 2018

Remixed works:

“An existential challenge to football”, by San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board
“Bolster defenses to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan”, by Sun-Times Editorial Board
“Gen. John Kelly’s toughest battle yet: Against Trump’s personality”, by Myra Adams
“Trump’s Main Business—Golf—Is the Symbol of All That Is Retrograde and Exclusionary in American Life”, by Robert Lipsyte

08022017

Randall Smith - Editorial Cantos - 08022017Randall Smith, 2018

Remixed works:

“Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list”, by John Flesher
“Forget Romance—New Styles of Parenting Are Revolutionizing the American Family”, By Anna Sanford
“Irene Rosenfeld showed women the way”, By Sun-Times Editorial Board
“Leftists rage at the DCCC for rejecting an abortion litmus test, imply that pro-life views are racist”, By David Freddoso