Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Manufacturing," Rae Armantrout


A career in vestige management.

A dream job
shifts in salience.

I’m so far
behind the curve
on this.

So. Cal.
must connect with

to manufacture
the present.

the new in-joke

bar-code hard-on,

a catch-phrase
in every segment.


The eye asks if the green,

frilled geranium puckers,
clustered at angles
on each stem,
are similar enough

to stop time.

It has asked this question already.

How much present tense
can any resemblance make?

What if one catch-phrase
appears in every episode?

Does the language go rigid?

The new in-joke
is a pun
pretending to be a bridge.

~ Rae Armantrout, "Manufacturing"

1 comment:

  1. I think we can all relate to this in one way or another. So many voices here - doubt at what one is REALLY doing for a job (moving data and information from here to there), worry about being able to handle the growth of technology, frustration with the current situation, and finally just doing what needs to be done. I love this poem for its true-to-life depiction of corporate culture.