“Language has run riot in an age of mass communication. It must be reduced to its proper function – the expression of authentic content, rather than its concealment.”
If Anonymous is not a hacking gang,
With a master plan
To crack the safes of every bank in town,
Then go to ground
To turn up later on a yacht in Malta
Or dacha in the Baltics
Or post-pubescent clowns with rattlecans
And sticky hands
What are they then, this mob of secret hackers?
No group. A syntax.
A brand new protocol for public discourse,
A nascent source
Of civic language for the appraisal of power,
to parse the force
That governs public life, from winter socks
For the indigent, lost
Amid plenty, to pirates whose depredations made them;
A tongue whose cadence
Simultaneously breaks and mends what’s broken,
Where knock is wide open.
Numbers is a new weekly column by contrubutor Curt Hopkins. “Numbers” is an historic term for poetry, and also alludes to the numbers in programming. The title of this poem, Lingua Nova, is Latin for “new language.”
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