I swear the word insanity has two i’s,
It Bears itself what it brands schizophrenia,
But if my diary is my obituary’s
Childhood, do I hit Delete to update?

The northern none, the southern some, the eastern
Each and the western who are all to othern
To SpellCheck, or would be, if I knew how to
Correct my yawn’s pronunciation of you.

Once born my meaning is porous to mania,
So forgive me if I speak of my penis before
My heart, me before you: I need such errors

To pamper this new ParseGram. Or is it too late
To index exits? Reaching the happen stage
Our navels lacked certainty, that body phase.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Bill Knott's poem Personal Poem Processor

1 Comment

  1. John Allen says:

    I never did notice that about the word “insanity” before–this is a complex, lacy poem with that dark humor I haven’t seen since Joseph Payne Breennan. Excellent.

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