Today's poem is "Protocol"
from Monetized

Miami University Press

Alissa Quart 's poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, The Awl, Fence, Open City, Feminist Studies, and many other publications, as well as in her poetry chapbook Solarized. She is the author of three non- fiction books: Branded (Basic Books, 2003), Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press, 2006), and Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels (The New Press, 2013). Her nonfiction titles have been translated into 14 languages. She has written features for The New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Atlantic, The Nation, and many other magazines and has contributed frequent reported opinion pieces to The New York Times and elsewhere. With Barbara Ehrenreich, she is editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit that supports journalism about inequality. She wrote and produced the Emmy-nominated multimedia project "The Last Clinic" for The Atavist. She has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism among other universities and was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Books by Alissa Quart:

Other poems on the web by Alissa Quart:
Two poems
"Palm Springs At the End of the Mind"

Alissa Quart's Website.

Alissa Quart According to Wikipedia.

Alissa Quart on Twitter.

About Monetized:

"Ninety-nine cent stores, Slimfast, Amtrak, 'Twitter Dead Souls,' James Caan films and Matt Dillon posters: Alissa Quart's poems form a brilliant 'check list of American self-destruction,' exploring the absence and dreams of escape that mark the modern landscape."
—Barbara Ehrenreich

"The poems in Alissa Quart's Monetized are not only smart but ambitious as hell. Sharp, biting, and aphoristic, Quart's exact and exacting lines are extraordinary shots in and at our commodified American landscape. ('Let's hope we're perennial.') With their constant awareness of the dissonance found in this post-millennial tweet-filled, Facebook-ed, facsimile age of late capitalism, these poems convey a powerful sense of lost and found awareness: 'We could forgive ourselves / if only we knew our own story.'"
—Susan Howe

"It's pretty unusual, it's almost unheard of, for poems to feature both the subtlest and most intricate word play and a pure, fierce, tell-it-like-it-is voice, as these poems do. They are stealthily virtuosic."
—Louis Menand

"Alissa Quart's smart and sexy poems perform invasion and insurgency with utmost aplomb and analytical edge. I love her intensity, her compact lines, her clever harvesting of commerce's schizoid hysteria, as if media-speak's carnival (Times Square, the Internet) were reorchestrated, with tidy wit and formalist ingenuity, by a Bauhaus purist."
—Wayne Koestenbaum

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