‘Birds of Prey’ is a long form poem that experiments with time-space compression and hybridization; its chronology and sense of space remain as chaotic as its form, which borders in many parts with prose. Though the time and place of the poem fluctuates, all the events of the poem are linked through the recurring imagery of birds. Intertextually drawing from song lyrics, the poem explores the act of finding personal meaning (quite possibly where there is none) in art. These lyrics are used to head sections of the poem. The accompanying essay discusses the rigorous editing that the poem underwent: from a dense block of prose to a long form poem that takes full advantage of white space to lend phrases and lines more impact. It also explains the influences of existing works, both prose and poetry, and how they informed ‘Birds of Prey.’
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