Analyze Spahr's poem "Dynamic Positioning."
In "Dynamic Positioning," Juliana Spahr describes an explosion on an oil rig, varying her tone from matter-of-fact explanation to chaos and disjunction and finally to a calm litany of the dead and those who merely watched.
Juliana Spahr's poem "Dynamic Positioning" begins with a technical description of how an oil rig works. The tone is so prosaic that if they were not laid out in couplets, the lines could have come from a textbook or a lecture. The tone changes gradually as the sentences become shorter, breaking up the lines into single words and phrases before the first overtly poetic touch:
Buoyancies. Mixes of cements. Currents. Claims.Humans. Bow spring. Top plug. Shoe track. Floatshoe.I could go on and on here calling theNew muses of innovation.
First explosion on five seconds aft-Er. Then explosion again, ten sec-Onds later. It was not yet tenO'clock when the mayday call was first made.
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