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AARON AS ILAI IS BORN & other poems

By Amy Acre.

Participatory heart

DIANNE: This is great yeah guys? Next steps are to distill the ideas down
to one-liners so they don’t
die in testing.

I dislike Dianne because she is beautiful like a shampoo advert.
I like her because she is a badass in the boardroom and probably enjoys rough sex.

GREG: Ok, but let’s not lose the participatory heart of the creative. I’m
superexcited about giving consumers a stake in the

I like Greg because he looks Jewish.
I dislike him because he is not Jewish despite appearing to be.

KATJA: Just to chip in, can we all please be cognizant of the client’s preference
for concepts with a future-facing perspective.

I like Katja because she knows the word cognizant.
I dislike her because she used it in a meeting.

MILES: True, but I don’t want you guys to restrict your vision to what the client will
and won’t buy: the objective here is to astonish them with possibilities.

I dislike Miles because he is a Paul Smith suit disguised in a friendly jumper.
I like him because he lived in LA and didn’t like it.

from Everything You Said: a sequence of abstract sonnets made from jumbled text messages:


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<div id= “on falling in love with strangers” >

<h1>to my pilates instructor</h1>

<p>you thumb-sized american mister you whispered to me that I keep
in my shoulders and it was like you saw <a href= “the hurt I thought I’d disowned”>me through “winter skin” “red nail varnish” &amp;“irony” </p>

<p>our love could never work
you’re too old and i’m too gay but isn’t it
a beautiful dream? </p>

<h1>to my hairdresser before the one before now</h1>

<p>whose hands pleasured me like no lover ever
those hands in my scalp undo <style= “display:none”>
<li>tessellated rejections</li>
<li>spiced rum hangovers</li>
<li>bad fashion choices</li>

<p>don’t ruin it by talking</p>

<h1>to the beautiful web design girl</h1>

<p>i am incapable of <a onclick= “showWorkSection(‘knowing you’);”>talking to you</a> but I will waste my days trying<br />
send chinese room secrets into the fort knox of your eyes<br />
and only always feel like a </p>


N.B. Guide to the tags in this poem:
<div> = a container that groups page elements into one section.
<h1> = header text
</h1> = end header
<p> = new paragraph
</p > = end paragraph
<a href> = a hyperlink (text inside quotation marks is the destination)
</a> = end of link (text before this bracket is the visible text that you click)
&amp; = how you write ampersands in html
<ul> = unordered list
<li> = list item
</div> = end of section. Also schoolyard slang for an idiot.


Amy Acre is a writer and performer from London. Her pamphlet, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads, was published by flipped eye and selected as the PBS Autumn 2015 Pamphlet Choice.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Sunday, November 8th, 2015.