“Alone Engaged” by Maria Engberg

Screen capture from "Alone Engaged" by Maria Engberg. Yellow background with the image of a statue's face and white font text. Text: "Sick girl teachs the older lovers. / touch the delirious troubling / Southern driver eats the runner / Bartenders destroy / Young runners scream the jazz lover / spawn the welcome new / lesbian couples eat the mathematicians / Wasps beg / Hillbillys drink / Young runners suffer the gay guys / Exscuse the peripheral / Loner talks the conservative / Rival politicizes the builders / Sweat the happy shabby scant / Dreamboys politicize the bald guys / Young runners code / girls follow the other".  "
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This generative poem combines interpersonal dynamics and gender politics in the North American South, to bring together recognizable and unlikely kinds of people together in surprisingly funny ways. It is also very aware of code, coding, and computer programmers as part of the gene pool, as evidenced in the lines:

Girls love the programmers.
Loners learn.
Students code.
Loners run fast the comp-sci geek.

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