#SentfrommyIphoneis cutting edge. All previous edges are cut. You’re left with smooth interactions. Each piece is moving. The first piece for example goes over the difficultly one has with relationships. Relationships are tricky things. Sometimes people you want don’t want you. That hurts but it works both ways. Here that happens, the part of the rejector trying not to laugh.
The pictures in here are beautiful weird things. You’re spying on an Iphone conversation. ‘True perfection is not attaining completion’ is a particularly good line. I feel this way all the time. If you’re not improving you’re busy being a big old pile o’ poop. Maybe things get completed. I doubt it though especially if you’re playing around with your Iphone.
A few of these are pretty silly. I like the ‘Blockbuster’ and ‘meditating child’ one. They play off of each other’s silliness. On a side note I haven’t seen the Blockbuster logo for years. Wonder when they’ll stop using the term to describe box office hits. Feel that’ll never happen since the term predates use of the actual store.
One of the saddest ‘most emotional’ poems deals with pumpkin seeds. The back image is a decapitated head. Astronauts come up in this poem. I think astronauts are probably some of the loneliest people off the planet. They’ve probably met aliens. Probably aliens are super-boring people, like the kind of people who get PhDs in sociology and can’t stop talking about it. I get it. Labor rights are important. Now let me eat this taco.
Sadness and pain comes up a lot in the chapbook. I guess a lot of small, short interactions are often filled with sadness. Usually they have to be short. If you talk for a while about how bummed out you are, the other person tends to tune you out. The sadness is pretty funny though in a weird, voyeuristic way.
The images used rarely if ever have anything to do with the actual text. It is an additional sense of humor. Seeing the Little Mermaid covered in oil is one example. Seeing some English to Japanese translator stating ‘Reality is disappointing’ is another. Plus you just learned a little Japanese. Congratulations! Ok Cupid, that lovable alt lit scamp, appears as well. It seems ‘meth’ is searchable interest. It ends with the only non-ironic image, of a Google Map showing the distance between them.
What this poetry collection shows is that the Iphone is not just a way to kill time. You can write in those tiny little pieces of time. Things can be created with the excess time we have each and every day. Dayton and Maggie show us that with this work.