Midday at the Super-Kamiokande
These poems are HAL 9000 voiced by Kay Ryan, a Voight-Kampff test administered by Rae Armantrout.Midday at the Super-Kamiokande draws on physics' Standard Model and Plato's Eternal Forms, Kant's transcendentalism and reality's brute facts, Augustinian grace and analytical logic. It aims to tear through abstraction with the concrete, either catastrophic - nuclear explosions, floods, extinction, suicide - or quotidian, finding within the fray threads of love, empathy, and belief. It is by turns idealistic and cynical in the pursuit of meaning, both a resistance to rationalism and its champion. It is a doomed attempt to make absurd the premise of absurdity.