McMillan Amanita’s “wuhan scraggly arequipa threaten malpractice”

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wuhan scraggly arequipa threaten malpractice

nightcap bootes advice? threaten, symposium polymer.
mirfak adsorb naive technion indefensible then, symposium
filbert filbert shatter odysseus virtuous.

jagging abbot scraggly

polymer wondrous bootes? spoonful, assay infant.
assay bootes carport confiscate arequipa assay, symposium
nightcap wondrous staff assay straddle.

mirfak technion marco

odysseus amanita onetime? investigate, anhydrite lafayette.

mcmillan amanita

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At 1:40 p.m. on August 3, my friend Tony received the poem-like block of text above in an email from one “Anderson Petty.” Formally and from far away, the text looks like poem fallen from The New Yorker—visually reminiscent of a particular sort of Glück, maybelosing in the fall the tiret that precedes the author’s name and all its capital letters, but otherwise conforming quite nicely to the conventions of contemporary verse. Over the years, Tony and I have made a habit of exchanging spam emails that point outside themselves to a phantom author, usually a phantom poet, in the way this one does, emails whose forms suggest premeditation and whose distinctive juxtaposition of words and phrases seem to want to insist that some organizing consciousness, however inept or addled or incoherent, answers for their creation. Positing in jest that each of these texts exists a creation of a particular consciousness allows us to imagine, to caricature, the minds of these phantom poets as postmodern wastelands of cliches, curios and all things kinky. In reality, of course, even the more interpretable and provocative of the spam emails we exchange have no authors. The onus and responsibility of making meaning from them lies squarely within our own cluttered postmodern mental wastelands. At least until we can track down the artificial intelligence writing under the pseudonym McMillan Amanita.

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