jake st. john | upon hearing the news of Anselm Hollo’s death

Anselm Hollo | 12. April 1934 – 29. Januar 2013

Upon hearing the news of Anselm Hollo’s Death

the news began
to make its rounds
like a handshake
at a funeral

it was not dispersed
by telegrams
or phones ringing midday
in a clang of sadness

not through word of mouth
and human interaction
but through the great immeasurable
authority of computers

the wires and modems
the final moments
of the poets life

the poet who transcribed
moments of genuine life
transpiring between
the guests of space

the space in which
we will all leave
when our reservations
have expired

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