ava hofmann and Ava Hofmann
Poems in grids. Each box of the grid is its own unit of verse.
I invite you to read the grid non-hierarchically. Each unit can be read in any order. Move around the grid vertically up/down, horizontally left/right. Read diagonally, wrap around edges, teleport from unit to unit. Or not.
I have also supplied a second-order layer of information which seeks to aid and hinder interpretation of the work with an “oppositional gloss”—arrows and red text. This reflexive polyvocality is a tendency throughout the entirety of my poetic project. This second voice is not an explanation of the work—it is a second voice which is open to being read with, against, or beside its language and pathways through the first deposition of information.
Thank you for reading.
“grid lick 3-4”: 3: a block of text, with arrows and connections between them.
The text fragments read: some of my arrows are wrong in set / in the: in interiority out / in echoes distance or duration door inset in the door blah blah blah length of string sing sting ring Sonic indeterminacies. between lexical sexual bloodstream my defunding finacialization of selfhood linguistic passageways signs without meaning – value repeat in threes, lengthen themselves value and bleeding the blank blank lists diagram blanked out bankrupture “listing as desire” dysphorias and digestion randomized life actually live i will “in” digestion scrambled i remind i-self and/and: dome-ized (?)
4: a block of text, with arrows and connections between them.
The text fragments read: Self improvement strategies for the rich and powerful thighs feminized toxic woman hip hip hooraying. subby altern abuse cycles celebrating loss celebration as losing praise kink bedroom context aging transgender d-entity hooked into traumatized be armored by free stress response dissolution of self death wish or change wish androgeny queer language halts the you elegiac (!) towards apocalypse wake up morning tasks words / water / trick / drink drink water trick words half hovering edit this to-do lists enactments wake or wake: occult (?) patterning? mottled? verticality
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