This month, our poetry pick comes from Anthony Caleshu’s collection The Victor Poems.
At One Giant Read we’re always looking for ways to celebrate the relationship and interconnectedness between science and art and we think this collection really showcases that. Of the selection Anthony provided for us, he said he feels that each of the poems showcases the themes we explore, but of all the poems, number 30 ‘Antarctic Enemies’ is the one which explores and touches, speculatively, upon artificial intelligence.
When we heard the poem, we thought that the ‘enemy’ mentioned could symbolise artificial intelligence and technology, something which is ‘troubling’ to the speaker of the poem. The poem inspired us to think about technology versus humanity and how the two things can often be opposing. The final reference to science fiction is a reminder of reality versus fiction and how our world can be portrayed differently, with artificial intelligence taking on different significance and roles within fiction than it truly has in reality.
Antarctic Enemies by Anthony Caleshu
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The Victor Poems was published by Shearsman Books in 2015. Copies of the collection are available here