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GnoetryLeaks: Cuba Renga, or Cuba Is) A State on the Take

January 23, 2011

A Cuban mother
swaps a small apartment for
a large one in a

country where trickery has
become a state vehicle,

whether truck, bus, car
or train, earns two incomes: a
pittance from the take.

As time passes, the
more Castro tightens control,
and tit for tat deals.

As time passes, the new crop
becomes as corrupt as the

old, and the state.  Bribes
are a job in a car with
ministry of goods.

Bribes are also key
to getting good jobs being
those that can afford

it.  They are rare.  Bribes bribes bribes
are also key to getting

good jobs, good jobs, good
jobs, good jobs, good jobs, good jobs
being those with it.

In Cuba.  These state
managers are forced to play
accounting tricks in

order to do their jobs.  The
former head of the problem,

but Castro can’t seem
to make peace with it.  Misuse
of state bakeries.

The former head of
the interior plates.  Just
like everywhere in

the bank, he commented.  And
so the more corruption grows,

the more Cubans turn
to bottom.  Misuse of state
resources and wood.

Transportation is
a prime example.  As one
local diplomat

ruminated, Castro leads
a saintly life, corruption

and thievery have
become one and the same.  The
benefits of goods.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. eRoGK7 permalink*
    January 24, 2011 1:12 pm

    I’m really liking these GnoetryLeaks poems, Eric E. They’re functioning not so much as political commentary but as an implosion of political language by means of decontextualization and repetition. Long phrases appear to survive from the source text, which has a very different effect from many other Gnoetry projects (6x6x6 especially, with it’s humongous source text pool) which use larger pools of language to create a hyper-cut-up effect; this has more of a collage effect, if you get the distinction I’m making.

    I assume from the title that you’re using the WikiLeaks Embassy Cables as source? I think you said something about this in an earlier post (I’ll go look for that later).

    Not sure if you’d be interested in this, but might I collaborate with you on this GnoetryLeaks project of yours? If you could give me some detailed process instructions (e.g. source text specifications, formal constraints, etc.) I would like to see what would come out of a collaboration like this. I always hoped that I could make 6x6x6 a group project, but that ended up being too difficult to organize. The GnoetryLeaks project seems more suited for this kind of treatment.

    If you’re cool with that, great. If not, no problem. I don’t want to step on your toes or anything.

  2. eRoGK7 permalink*
    January 24, 2011 1:15 pm

    By the way, I like the format for this one better than the others. It looks like rengas strung together? It seems to keep the poem moving forward nicely.

  3. Matthias permalink
    January 26, 2011 3:57 pm

    Wow! The cuba renga is remarkable! I love the voice that emerges from the sentence “In Cuba.” A profoundly human tone there.

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