Published Jan 26, 2008In his new poetry book Hello From the American Desert, Sonic Youths Lee Ranaldo tweaks the phenomenon of email spam-based poetry. Available through Chicagos Silver Wonder Press, the 40-page volume also features child-like illustrations by Meat Puppets Curt Kirkwood. Instead of copy-and-paste word puzzles, Ranaldo draws ideas and imagery from internet spam hes compiled since 2004 to write wholly original poems. "I find it a joy to open those things because theyre just so out there, he says. "I mean theyre farther out than most of the so-called language poets. It gives you the liberty to play around with language and brings up words that wouldnt normally come into your head immediately to use in a poem, yet theyre perfect. Im just taking them out of one context and using them in another.
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