the price of freedom is eternal vigilance
– Thomas Jefferson
What we know about her is what she gives us
freely of her own will, one click wrap privacy
policy at a time, swiping across the slate of her life.
No red flags. Some search terms did generate
a first filter identification, but typing ‘terrorism’
is now as statistically common as ‘Trump’.
Her occluded and overshadowed earth is
portaled by the parabolic sweep of satellites
and anything done in secret soon enters the light.
She has two children, shops mainly locally,
pings the same cell towers every commute
predictably enough. We have adjusted our advertising.
The great collateral databases of the heart,
strung pin numbers, secret questions, blind
maiden names and first pets tangle the net.
A stable job, though debts exceed
income trending south, and her bank records
spot their charts with zeros. Bills gush red.
She has transited through the sift
and wringer of Tom Bradley, LAX, losing
an electron slice of cornea imprint, thumb whirl.
Her blood type is on record: a cancer scare,
a spilled pool of vital statistics, medication frothing
in the loose file of her body, a brief miscarriage.
She is the gestalt of her words.
She is the hologram of her actions.
We know her as a mother knows her child.
Behavioural stochastics approximate
her next decisions to within a
reasonable margin of error.
We are building her schematic by the day
and daily we are focussed on learning her.
What we know is more than she can know.
That she was up all night with a fevered child
is a matter of publically recorded metadata.
Phone logs. Helplines. Invisible departures of information.
We are her god of a thousand eyes
peering at her from every camera and device.
She has nothing to fear from us.
That her husband left her, was a surprise
equally to us, as it was to her, but
we will continue to refine the algorithms.
The inner life is essentially irrelevant.
The circuitry of motive and emotion.
By her actions we will judge her.
- FREE: 20 Poets anthology
- 91: NO THEME VIIISUBMIT to C Gaskin 90: MONSTERwith N Curnow, coming soon! 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith Fiona Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith Vladimir Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith Judith Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith Keri Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with Dan Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with Pam Brown 52.0: TOIL with Carol Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with Luke Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with Bonny Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with John Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with Tracy Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with Corey Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with Michael Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with Felicity Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with Jan Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with Derek Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with Kent MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with Ann Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with Gig Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with Duncan Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with Kent MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with Libby Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with Sarah Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with Sam Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with Astrid Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with Sean Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with Alan Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with Jill Jones
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- Review Short: Judith Beveridge’s Sun Music: New and Selected Poems
- Melody Paloma Reviews Keri Glastonbury
- Submission to Cordite 91: NO THEME VIII
- Judith Bishop Reviews Phillip Hall’s Fume
- Bella Li on as Associate Publisher
- Alex Creece on as Production Editor
- Review Short: Diane Fahey’s November Journal and Carmen Leigh Keates’s Meteorites
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- To Outlive a Home: Poetics of a Crumbling Domestic
- ‘The Rally Is Calling’: Dashiell Moore Interviews Lionel Fogarty
- Jackie Ryan: Teaser to Burger Force 3
- Dispatch from the Future Fish
- Introduction to Cordite 89: DOMESTIC
- 7 Portraits by Ali Gumillya Baker
- Selections from 3 Yhonnie Scarce Series
- Kathy Acker and The Viewing Room
- To Live There: on ‘Dispatch from the Future Fish’
- The Wild Workshop: The Ghost of a Brontëan Childhood in the Life of Dorothy Hewett
- Externalising the Symptom: Radicalised Youth and The Membrane
- On Deep Breaths and Friends Forever: Im/materiality and Mis/communication in Happy Angels Revisited
- Letter to Anne Carson: Work of Remembrance and Mourning
- Translated Extracts from Chantal Danjou
- Translations from Old English
- The Poets: Pejk Malinovski Self-translates
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