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BOKE COMPOSED & DESIGNED THIS WEEK'S
20- SONNET SERIES BETWEEN MIDNIGHT
TUE/WED ... AND MIDNIGHT THUR/FRI
(9-11 DECEMBER 2003) -- FAR MORE THAN
"THE USUAL" FOR SONNET SATURDAY.
{smile} WHEN YOU WRITE YOUR OWN ...
AIM FOR 20 MINUTES PER SONNET.

THE LARGE NUMBER OF SONNETS BOKE
HAS COMPOSED SHOULD ILLUSTRATE
THAT IT IS NOT AS HARD AS YOU
MIGHT HAVE BEEN LED TO BELIEVE
TO WRITE IN SONNET FORM. FOR WHY
YOU MIGHT TRY, SEE why  "speak"
in sonnets?
(SCROLL DOWN)

OH YES, THE MONKEY-BOT ...
{smile} Let's just say that if you make
a mistake in iambic pentameter or
rhyme ... The MONKEY-BOT will let
you know ... and not let you have
... pudding. {mysterious smile}
LINK TO: THAT'S BULLSHIT: BULLSHIT SONNETS 135-154 RHETORICAL VERSE IN SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET FORM
THAT'S BULLSHIT {1 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by Jim Boke Tomlin

{1_01} AL GORE SHOUTS: "No more BULLSHIT from now on!"

{1_02} That's what Gore meant endorsing Dr. Dean

{1_03} on Tuesday morning not long after dawn

{1_04} in Harlem with a force we'd never seen ...

 
{1_05} ... when Gore was being careful and polite.

{1_06} Too nice to shout "That's BULLSHIT!" and prevail

{1_07} against the half-truth tellers. NOW HE'LL FIGHT

{1_08} THE TIDE OF BULLSHIT that we'll now detail...

 
{1_09} BEGINNING when Americans allowed

{1_10} their nation to be grabbed by Satan's goons

{1_11} who screamed their bullshit 'till the law was cowed,

{1_12} and jumpin' journalists re-spread their tunes.

 
{1_13} As this last stretch of BULLSHIT SONNETS ends

{1_14} the Anti-BULLSHIT candidate ascends.
















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(PRINTABLE PDF FILE)

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production, distribution, connection

No Poems rhetorical discipline
      why "speak" in sonnets? [a 4-sonnet sequence]*
hermeneutic beauty

IF BOKE WROTE "POEMS" ... they might look like this ...

2003 HOWARD NEMEROV SONNET COMPETITION NON-SUBMISSION:

6/15/03      TPF (a 12-sonnet collage)

[A "SUBMISSION-INAPPROPRIATE" POSTMODERN COLLAGE OF SIMULATED POETRY
I.E., WHAT "POETRY" WOULD BE IF POETS HAD SUFFICIENT RHETORICAL-POETIC
COMPETENCE TO BE UPGRADED FOR INTERACTION OF POSTMODERN FRAGMENTS {G}
OR, CUTTING THE BULLSHIT: IF POETS COULD WRITE, THEY'D WRITE LIKE THAT. {EWG}]

INSTRUCTIONS: (1) READ ALL 12 FRAGMENTS (2) ALLOW THEM TO "INTERACT"
LISTEN (SOUND TEST): TP001.mp3 (~318K)

WATCH & LISTEN (MESS-AROUND FLASH TEST): TP001.TUES30.swf (246K - 2.5 min load at 28K)

... BUT BIG BAD BOKE
"DON'T WRITE NO
STINKING POEMS!"
{mysterious expat-TN smile}

[PARALOGIC ADVERTISEMENT OF UNSPECIFIED INTENT/ATTENTION WILL BE REWARDED BUT THE COST MAY BE HIGHER THAN EXPECTED/SCROLL BOLDLY ON!]
MAY 2 - AUG 2 / 2003
AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Passion's Discipline: The History of the Sonnet...
discipline
discipline
discipline
discipline
creativity
p r o g r a m
p r o c e s s
ON THE NATURE OF MENTAL DISCIPLINE
AND SONNETS
unpredictability
CREATIVITY & UNPREDICTABILITY:
... CONSTRAINTS & CONCEPTUAL SPACES

t h e o r y
won't fit on the screen
creative nonfiction
fictional reality
postmodern truth
rhetorical verse
poetic journalism
imaginative fact
chaotic stability
complex simplicity
pomo romanticism
insane democracy
subversive order
bullshit wrangling
this line's mostly filler
big type/few words
lots of small words
getting bored now
is this line last
not on your life
where's monkey-bot
automate this text
will pay in bananas
surely that's the end
nope still more space
getting close to done
what will google think


forensic poetry?
weekly truth
forensic poetry

rhetorical verse

DAILY REALITY

rhetorical verse!

[FUNDAMENTAL BULLSHIT]
SANTA MONICA SONNET #24
[BAD JOURNALISM'S
BULLSHIT BALANCE]
COLIN POWELL: "I'm not reading this. This is ...

'03: NEW
op-ed
verse
 
SERIES

********!
[A HINT: It's got two syllables . . .
& it doesn't rhyme with TRUTH]

[NEW SERIES] "BULLSHIT!" SONNETS
[MEDIA/SOCIETY COMMENTARY IN VERSE]


WITH VERSCHIP (ONLINE) SOFTWARE-VERIFICATION OF
STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH SHAKESPEAREAN/ENGLISH SONNET FORM
(100% GUARANTEED BY THE EVER-VIGILANT MONKEY-BOT
BEFORE WHOM FAUX NEW FORMALISTS CRINGE {smile}

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT MONKEY-BOT LOVES THE FRENCH
& CONSIDERS ANTI-FRENCH SENTIMENT TOTAL BULLSHIT
UNLESS, OF COURSE, YOU SAY IT IN FRENCH -- WHICH MB
DOES NOT UNDERSTAND FOR VERY LINGUISTIC REASONS.
BOTTOM LINE: FRENCH BASHING IN FRENCH ONLY! {ewq})


[NEW CGI-PERL SOFTWARE FOR 2003]

[LOOK FOR THE VERSCHIP BUTTON AT
THE BOTTOM OF EACH SONNET PAGE]
          IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT MONKEY-BOT LOVES C-SPAN
WHERE THE WORD "BULLSHIT" WILL BROADCAST UNBLEEPED.

[UNSPONSORED LINK TO NYT PLACED HERE BY REQUEST OF THE NON-FALLIBLE MONKEY-BOT {smile}]
New York Times Op-Eds
FOR CLEAN RHETORIC READ: KRUGMAN FOR BULLSHIT READ: BROOKS



NATIONAL/NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSIONS:
[NOTE: NEWSPAPER VERSE SUBMISSIONS ARE WERE "QUARANTINED" A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS BEFORE APPEARING HERE,
BUT NOW ... {smile} THESE SONNETS ARE OFTEN "TOO HOT" FOR NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION. HENCE: [NON-SUBMISSION]

 

  rhetorical verse!

  05/06/03      BSS.001 "********!"
Democracy's (Crucial)
Unprintable Word

[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 1 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET]

  05/16/03      

 
BSS.002-003 Factual Error
(THE JAYSON BLAIR AFFAIR, ETC, SORT-OF)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 2 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE]

  05/26/03      


BSS.004 Bad Word
(CALLING THIS "WAR" IS ********!)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 1 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET]

  INTERMISSION
  05/27/03
     



BSS.005-008 A Roundabout Case for
Op-Ed Verse
(a 4-sonnet sequence)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE]


rhetorical verse!

  05/29/03      


BSS.009 Buffy / Power
(CONFUSING "FORCE" FOR "POWER")
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 1 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET]

  06/09/03      


BSS.010-013 Poetry Scam
(HARVARD'S BOLYSTON PROFESSORSHIP OF
RHETORIC & ORATORY ... ISN'T)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE]

  07/04/03      


BSS.014 Hillary / Dean
(fiction / prophecy)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 1 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET]

  08/12/03
     

BSS.015 California President
(fiction / prophecy)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 1 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET / WITH SOUND]

  08/31/03
     

BSS.016-023 Looking Backward
(Ooooooh, Arnold)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 8 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE / WITH SOUND]


rhetorical verse!

[TRANSITION]
  09/20/03      


BSS.024-037 Heads Up
(a/k/a Steam Valve)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 14 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  09/27/03      


BSS.038-041 Possession's 9/10ths
(more steam? fire & brimstone? {smile} )
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  10/04/03      


BSS.042-045 Leave It
(your sonnet submission required to view) {ironic smile}
(a/k/a Paris/Part I)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  10/11/03      


BSS.046-049 NOT"Adultz Content"
(your sonnet submission required to view {ironic smile})
(a/k/a Paris/Part II)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 6 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  10/18/03      


BSS.050-053 Name Callin'
(your sonnet submission required to view {ironic smile})
(a/k/a Paris/Part III)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]


rhetorical verse!

  10/25/03      


BSS.054-057 Hell Bent
(your sonnet submission required to view {ironic smile})
(a/k/a Paris/Part IV)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  11/01/03      


BSS.058-066 Unpardonable Sin
(a/k/a VOTE4BUSH/GO2HELL or Paris/Part V)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 9 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  11/08/03      


BSS.067-073 Flesh Worshippers
(a/k/a CHURCH AGAIN!?! or Paris/Part VI)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 4 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  11/15/03      


BSS.074-082 Down South
(a/k/a ??? or Paris/Part VII)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 14 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  11/22/03      


BSS.083-100 Democratic Wrestlin'
(a/k/a ??? or Paris/Part VIII)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 18 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]


rhetorical verse!

  11/29/03      


BSS.101-107 No Thought
(a/k/a ??? or Paris/Part IX)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 7 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  12/06/03      


BSS.108-134 The Vine
(a/k/a ??? or Paris/Part X)
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 27 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]

  12/13/03      
[END OF SERIES]


BSS.135-154 That's Bullshit
(a/k/a PERORATION ) THE END OF THE BULLSHIT SONNET SERIES
[BOKE OP-ED VERSE NON-SUBMISSION / 20 SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM SONNET SEQUENCE/COLLAGE]


President Stands by the CIA
"BEST"
BULLSHIT-
SPREADING
HEADLINE
OF THE
YEAR
(2003)

(Los Angeles Times 7/13/03)


PERENNIAL SILLY BULLSHIT AWARD
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: 14 DECEMBER '03
The 3rd Annual Year in Ideas ISSUE

Theory is Finished, December 14, 2003
whether journalists (and especially so-called
poop-head-modernist editors) would ever be
educated well enough to understand the vitally
imporant ideas in literary and cultural theory,
and therefore know enough to move up to the
all-seeing wisdom of pomo rhetorical theory,
and so, after what seems like f'ing forever,
finally be able to mediate
the public conversation well enough
to prevent the ongoing collapse
of democracy in America
due to BULLSHIT.

AND the consensus was that, NO,
journalists (especially those
with degrees from highly
selective universities) would
most likely never have the
imagination to make use
of such theory. BUT one
lone non-academic, who had
somehow gotten in without
an invitiation, suggested
that there was a small
chance for them if
they wrote a lot
of sonnets. An idea
quickly poo-poo'd
by everyone else
present, and ...
{smile}

















As the meeting drew to a close (with
a few mumbling that Boke might be right
about the potentional of rhetorical verse
and many more interested in the free beer
he was offering for those who'd pose
wearing a "BOKE IS RIGHT!" T-shirt
in a staged photo-op), there was
indeed a broader agreement that
theory is finished with
the task of destabilizing

the cultural authority of bullshit like:
"all the news that's fit to print"
and thereby freeing journalists from
the illusion of defining reality
so they can get on with
"their true work."

Declining to answer journalists'
questions regarding what "their
true work" might be, Boke did
hint that the answer might
be found on the back of
the T-Shirts, which upon
inspection, appeared to
be written in Chinese
by a monkey(?)
wearing a BOKE T-shirt
(but no pants) observed
up in a tree apparently
reading a book.
THE MIDDLE MIND
Why Americans Don't
Think For Themselves
by Curtis White

"How did we lose our love of
creativity, depth, debate and
originality?..." GREG PALAST,
author of The Best Democracy
Money Can Buy.

NOTE: MONKEY-BOT HAS NOT YET RATED THIS BOOK


OTHER BULLSHIT

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT : THE ILLUSION OF COMMUNICATION

COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG TALKING : THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF

AMERICANS PAYING .10 PER CELLPHONE TEXT MESSAGE : THE MARKETING THAT SOLD THIS IDEA



FOR PREVIOUS SONNET SERIES & SEQUENCES
SEE RHETORICAL SONNETS INDEX

FOOTNOTE: It is written {g}: "He/She who composes a thousand real* sonnets can say 'BULLSHIT!' on television." AMEN
* NOTE: "real" sonnets do not include various free verse or faux formal verse things that someone chose to call a sonnet.

rhetorical verse!

A "NEW" {smile} RHETORICAL GENRE TO CONSIDER:

Rhetorical Verse IN SHAKESPEAREAN/ENGLISH SONNET FORM

-- especially suited to innovative newspaper Op-Ed issue debate
(youth-enticing style & democracy-enhancing concision)

(Multi-sonnet sequences may also be used for narrative nonfiction
a/k/a creative nonfiction, fiction ... as well as elaborated essays [either
sequential exposition, or a "series" collage]) [... and, yes Lynda {smile},
I could even write screenplays in Shakespearean sonnet form, but we'd
have to "teach" Endeavor et al to "like" a new format-genre.]

"verse journalism"GWENDOLYN BROOKS

HISTORY: During the founding period of our nation (USA), news and opinion was
often printed in the form of narrative/rhetorical verse. (NOTE: Philip Freneau, right)

(Alas, Freneau -- like Eminem, today -- was a wussy,
girly-man ... who could not write a sonnet. {ewg})
Philip Freneau


HISTORY: From January 1, 1905 until June 16, 1973 the New York Times
placed a poem a day on the editorial page. This is NOT a suggestion that
"daily poetry" be reinstated: "Poetry" is most truly private/personal speech...
which may beautifully hint at common feelings, but graciously allows
many interpretations ... If not, it is (most probably) BAD POETRY.
... BUT Rhetorical Verse is public speech -- designed to be
"as clear as prose" in terms of shared meaning/common ground.

S
I
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R
A
C
K
Poetry and Journalism
(THIS ARROW
IS NOT
A BUTTON


RIGHT SCROLL
MANUALLY WITH
YOUR BROWSER)

"Information is essential ...

BUT the feel of the facts
which that information communicates
is also essential if the knowledge
and the opinions it fathers are to be
trustworthy and reliable.

What has happened with us is that
the first has outrun the second."

(THIS ARROW
IS NOT
A BUTTON


RIGHT SCROLL
MANUALLY WITH
YOUR BROWSER)
"... we seem to be less and less capable
of receiving our facts into our imaginations
where they can come alive with feeling."

"Slavery begins when men give up the
human need to know with the whole heart."

"The real defense of freedom
is imagination.
"

(THIS ARROW
IS NOT
A BUTTON


RIGHT SCROLL
MANUALLY WITH
YOUR BROWSER)
"... the fact remains that both
Shakespeare's sonnet
     and the news story ...
are re-creations of fragments
selected from the confusion
of human experience in an
effort to give them order
and make them comprehensible."
(THIS ARROW
IS NOT
A BUTTON


RIGHT SCROLL
MANUALLY WITH
YOUR BROWSER)
"To me ... the real crisis in the life
of our society is the crisis of the
life of the imagination...

... we need to come alive again ...
to recover ... Coleridge's "synthethic and
magical power" by which "the whole soul
of [humankind]" may be brought to [action],
and knowledge may be known.

(THIS ARROW
IS NOT
A BUTTON


RIGHT SCROLL
MANUALLY WITH
YOUR BROWSER)
I do not mean that I think education is
wholly responsible for the flaw which has
split knowledge of the heart from
knowledge of the head
, though it has
surely its fair share of the blame.

I mean rather that it is principally
by the process of education that the flaw
can be healed. ... [i.e., cure] A society
which has so lost the capacity
to see the world feelingly
that
it can watch in silence ... ...

William Shakespeare

HISTORY/HERSTORY {smile}: Shakespeare grew up in a period
when rhetorical education was the norm for males ...
... but the future Queen Elizabeth I was translating French psalms
into sonnets when only a child.
Sonnet-writing was
normal, rhetorical exercise (and self-expression) for "all" who
could write. That's how you get a Shakespeare. {no joke}
And a Queen
who could masterfully wield power in a time when, usually, men ruled.

Queen Elizabeth I
The New Oratory / The New Education
RHETORICAL EDUCATION "fell out of favor" at the beginning of
the twentieth century. For the sake of democracy, it's
time (in the age of the Internet) we bring it back to life.

HENCE: Rhetorical Verse
(ALSO SEE: why "speak" in sonnets below)

rhetorical verse!

forensic poetry

rhetorical verse
Santa Monica Sonnet
  forensicpoetry a/k/a BOKE'S
  [SOFTWARE-VERIFIABLE*
  SHAKESPEAREAN-FORM]
  SONNET COUNT [WHEN WE
PAUSED TO TALLY THEM]
:
536+

[THIS INITIAL 536 DATA SET
WAS USED AS INPUT TO TUNE
THE VERSCHIP {0.1} CODE]

"sonnet: ... Something about the spaciousness and brevity of the fourteen-line poem seems
to suit the contours of rhetorical argument ... The form becomes a medium for the poet to
explore his capacity to bring together feeling and thought, the lyrical and the discursive."

EDWARD HIRSCH, How To Read A Poem

"Seneca reports in the Epistles (49.5) 'Cicero said that even if his lifetime were
to be doubled he would still not have time to waste reading the lyric poets.'"

EDWARD HIRSCH, How To Read A Poem

poets "vs" orators
ROUND ONE [THOUSAND]
{smile}

PERSONALIZED INSCRIPTION
IN BOKE'S COPY OF HIRSCH'S BOOK
the demon and the angel
Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration
L.A. BOOK FESTIVAL 4/27/03:

To Boke --      

ORATOR!

Edward Hirsch    
April 2003    
Los Angeles
:

But in an orator ... we demand

the acuteness of a logician,

the profundity of a philosopher,

the diction virtually of a poet,

the voice of a performer in tragic drama,
the gestures, you might almost say, of
an actor at the very top of his profession.

... Here, then, are some of the reasons
why a first-class orator is one of
the rarest things in the world.

CICERO, On The Orator
~ 55 B.C.

rhetorical verse!

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BOKE rhetorical sonnet index

* SOFTWARE VERIFICATION OF SONNET FORM -- A recent project was to write a cgi/perl program
that can recognize whether fourteen submitted lines are in Shakespearean/English sonnet form
(i.e., can verify iambic pentameter meter, and check for abab/cdcd/efef/gg rhyme scheme).
[sonnet recognizer, shakespearean sonnet recognition software]
VERSCHIP (Shakespearean) sonnet-form verification
[ALL SONNETS LISTED ABOVE
HAVE VERSCHIP INSTALLED.

This button has been added to all
sonnet pages to allow any reader
to see the software verification of
sonnet form ... with just one click.]








"Bullshit," said Poetry.
ALICE WALKER          


Boke - comment








5/4/03:
VERSCHIP is not merely some (cool, fun!)
aesthetic plaything ... but (more significantly)
a truth-amplifying, imagination-enhancing,
bullshit-reduction technology.
(The previous sentence is not a joke. {smile})
# # # BOKE


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artistofideas

MISC "ADVISORS" ... CICERO:ORATOR//SHAKESPEARE:DRAMATIST-POET//PHILIP FRENEAU:POET-JOURNALIST//
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:DRAMATIST-CRITIC-"ARTIST-PHILOSOPHER"//MILAN KUNDERA:POSTMODERN NOVELIST//
STEPHEN GREENBLATT:"NEW HISTORICIST" LITERARY THEORIST//MICHAEL CALVIN MCGEE:RHETORICIAN//
... ... ... JESUS:CHRIST {smile} (NOT THE ONE SOME ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENTS SPEAK OF. OBVIOUSLY.)
AND A CAST OF THOUSANDS WHOSE BOOK (OR OTHER) FRAGMENTS HAVE BEEN HELPFUL WITH "EVERYTHING" --
E.G.:

interactive rhetoric

rhetorical interaction

BOKE : postmodern orator

Rhetoric in Postmodern America:
Conversations with Michael Calvin McGee
EDITED BY CAROL CORBIN And I opened my eyes ... and he told me

a little parable about being at Berkeley

and getting into a conversation with an

English professor. He figured out finally

that the guy didn't really know what he

was studying under the heading of rhetoric.

So the English professor said, "What's rhetoric?"

and Willey responded to him with this:

"Rhetoric is lies and bullshit. Every department

in this university is devoted to the search for truth,

except us. We search out lies and bullshit.

Now I put it to you, which are there more of?"

BOKE