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the destruction of language [aphasic paradigm]

by Jim Benz

adjective [quantitative specific capitalized] noun [singular] article [definite] noun [plural capitalized] verb [auxiliary past third] verb [past] preposition [locational] article [definite] noun [singular] punctuation [stop] break article [indefinite capitalized] noun [singular capitalized] verb [past third] adverb [locational] punctuation [pause] preposition [accompaniment] adjective [qualitative] noun [singular abstract] punctuation [stop] break article [definite capitalized] noun [plural capitalized] verb [auxiliary past third] verb [past] punctuation [pause] verb [past] punctuation [pause]verb [past] punctuation [stop] break article [definite capitalized] adjective [sequential] noun [singular] article [indefinite] noun [singular capitalized] verb [past third] adverb [locational] punctuation [pause] conjunction verb [past third] article [definite] noun [singular capitalized] punctuation [stop] break break adjective [collective relational capitalized] noun [singular capitalized] verb [present plural third] adjective [restrictive] noun [singular] space preposition [denotative] noun [singular abstract] punctuation [pause] punctuation [expressive referential separation] conjunction [situational] pronoun [singular impersonal] verb [past third] article [indefinite] adjective [qualitative] adjective [qualitative] noun [singular] conjunction [temporal] article [definite] break noun [singular capitalized] verb [past third] adverb [proximate] punctuation [pause] pronoun [singular capitalized] verb [auxiliary future first] verb [present] article [definite] adjective [qualitative] conjunction adjective [qualitative] noun [singular abstract] preposition [locational] adjective [possessive] noun [singular] preposition [continuance] article [definite] noun [singular] pronoun [singular capitalized] break verb [present first capitalized] preposition [causative] article [definite] adjective [qualitative] punctuation [pause] adjective [qualitative abstract] noun [singular] punctuation [stop] punctuation [expressive referential separation] break conjunction [capitalized] punctuation [pause] punctuation [expressive referential separation] verb [auxiliary transitive] pronoun [singular] adverb [behavioral qualitative] verb [present singular second] article [indefinite] noun [singular] punctuation [pause] name [male] punctuation [interrogative] punctuation [expressive referential separation] break conjunction [capitalized] punctuation [pause] preposition [denotative] noun [singular abstract] punctuation [pause] punctuation [expressive referential separation] verb [present first pronoun-implied singular] pronoun [singular second] punctuation [pause] article [definite] adjective [qualitative] noun [singular] preposition [denotative] noun [plural] preposition [locational] article [definite] noun [singular denotative] noun [singular] verb [auxiliary present third] verb [past] noun [singular abstract] adverb [temporal] break preposition [transitional capitalized] article [indefinite] adjective [qualitative] adjective [qualitative] punctuation [pause] adjective [attributional] preposition [transitional] article [definite] noun [singular] preposition [locational] article [definite] noun [singular denotative] noun [singular] pronoun [singular relative referential connective] verb [past third] adverb [locational] punctuation [stop] punctuation [expressive referential separation] break break preposition [locational temporal capitalized] article [definite] noun [singular] article [definite] noun [plural capitalized] conjunction article [definite] noun [plural capitalized] verb [present third] adverb [qualitative] preposition [locational] article [definite] noun [singular plural] punctuation [stop] break article [indefinite capitalized] adjective [qualitative abstract] noun [singular capitalized] adverb [compound locational] verb [auxiliary habitual present third] verb [present] punctuation [pause] punctuation [expressive referential separation] conjunction punctuation [exclamatory] conjunction punctuation [exclamatory] punctuation [expressive referential separation] break conjunction [capitalized] article [definite] noun [singular capitalized] verb [auxiliary present first] adverb [negatory] verb [present] punctuation [stop] break break conjunction [capitalized] article [definite] noun [singular capitalized] verb [present third] adverb [locational abstract] preposition [locational] article [definite] noun [singular] punctuation [pause] break adverb [similarity capitalized] pronoun [singular capitalized] verb [present third] adverb [locational abstract] preposition [locational] adjective [possessive singular second] noun [plural] punctuation [pause] noun [plural] punctuation [pause] noun [singular] punctuation [pause] conjunction noun [singular] break pronoun [singular capitalized] verb [auxiliary present second] verb [past] pronoun [singular first] preposition [denotational] article [indefinite] adjective [quantitative] noun [singular] break pronoun [singular relative referential connective capitalized] verb [auxiliary present third] adverb [negatory] verb [future] adjective [negatory qualitative abstract] break preposition [continuance] article [definite] noun [singular active] preposition [denotative] noun [singular] punctuation [stop]

--Kenneth Koch, 'Permanently'

02/22/2010

Author's Note: Soon to be published at Cricket Online Review

Posted on 02/22/2010
Copyright © 2020 Jim Benz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/22/10 at 08:26 PM

egad..... :)

Posted by George Hoerner on 02/22/10 at 08:49 PM

It will take me longer than Jim. I need to go back and take some more English classes.

Posted by Julie Adams on 02/23/10 at 10:25 PM

this is poetry AND art on so many levels...kudos to u brain to wrap around the mechanics of this and ur poor little fingers with all the brackets, lol...you have done your homework, and I will be letting this marinate also, but I'd love to see it as a piece of art on my wall...peace to u, jewels

Posted by James Cavet on 02/25/10 at 04:33 AM

This is probably what it would look like if Mad Libs were an arcade game and you were on the final level. This is quite incredible.

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 02/28/10 at 05:36 AM

Remember the blown front drivers side tire you caused a few poems ago? This just jack-knifed my entire train of thought - I'll be spending the remainder of my evening picking up the wreckage =)

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