08 August 2008

Today's Spam Poem - Atomic Kazoo - analyzed

atomic necromantic mount?
bette, citywide boyhood.bibb terre cryptanalyze huggins colossus sentiment,
whittle cryptanalyze optima pall priori wallboard.
extricable colossus cupidity

atomic bette kazoo?

arose taken.kazoo category terre immigrate teakwood brookline,
boyhood necromantic hrothgar eke extricable whittle.
perspicuous hesse perspicuous
colossus wallboard simple?

immigrate, mount contend.
priori drummond.

-Chase Bond

A deeper look...

Part elegy for humankind, part paean to Bette, the author's boyhood crush, Chase Bond's poem Atomic Kazoo reads as a compelling testament to the enduring power of memory and love. Despite the omnipresent mournful tone, a guiding light persists, even in Bond's near-future dystopia. The narrator's refreshing lack of syntax contribute to the sense of optimism, as if a refusal to be shackled to grammar can somehow initiate a full-on rebellion against damnation.

The poet's power is to reveal truth, and in Atomic Kazoo the curtains are pulled back, to expose the dire results technology and greed have wrought - the 'teakwood brookline', if you will. The narrator's cryptanalysis of the past yields nothing, save bleak memories and monuments to man's inhumanity to man. Whittled down to 'sentiments' and 'wallboard'.

Perhaps Bond's greatest poetic achievement is found in the cadence. The juxtaposition of the rhythms of the words form a dynamic soundclash, like metal on mental metal forged in the forgery of the subconscious. As best exemplified in the line 'Extricable colossus cupidity' the discordant images compete for the reader's mental energy. Survival of the fittest seems to be the warning; only by embracing the past can we free ourselves of it's bonds. Like Dickens Ghost of Christmas Future, Atomic Kazoo tells it like it will be, lest.

The future is dire; sound the kazoo. Perhaps that, and your memories of young love, will save you...


  1. analyze this, its in the same kind of language. But differs a lot. I don´t understand it but I got it. Please help me out with this.

    optima drummond boyhood? wallboard, priori perspicuous.
    sentiment priori colossus optima hewn narcotic, citywide
    droll eke priori aubrey brookline.

    terre immigrate atomic

    hewn sentiment ingratiate? necromantic, hrothgar headlight.
    plus windy category vanderpoel necromantic teakwood, arose
    plus aviatrix ingratiate brookline wallboard.

    necromantic vanderpoel headlight

    gad cryptanalyze extricable? category, cupidity cryptanalyze.

    drummond bette.

  2. Richard,

    I had a a critical go at this latest piece of cryptic poetry:



  3. this made my whole day, and it was already a really good day. brilliant shit.

  4. @!)#,

    Your comment made my day, and it had just started. I guess we're even.