I, Sinkhole

Kate Armstrong

I, Sinkhole is a poem written with products in a Zazzle store. Where Breton’s Poème-Objet constructions of the early 20th century incorporated everyday objects such as pearls, metal locks, a wooden egg, and a glass eye, I, Sinkhole translates the Poème-Objet construction into a kind of Poème-Produit where the radical availability presented by networked global culture in the 21st century is articulated in the everywhere and nowhere interspace of a Zazzle store. In this digital space, an infinite array of utilitarian objects – made strange by their proliferation and lack of context – can be immediately accessed by anyone in the world. As a further gesture of resistance to monological readings, the poem is fractured so that the reader must navigate multiple objects including a visor, a ping pong paddle, and a roll of breath mints, in order to fully apprehend the poem. The full poem can be ordered by purchasing all the products in the store, or each line may be ordered separately. A digital version of the full poem is also available on objkt.com.

Featured in POÈME SBJKT, an exhibition of works of literature both on and off the blockchain that enhance, reinvent, and reimagine the relationship between text and image, analog and digital, blurring and challenging the lines that seek to divide.

POÈME SBJKT was curated by theVERSEverse in partnership with L’Avant Galerie Vossen and took place at Librairie Métamorphoses from May 25 – July 15, 2023.

Contact Librairie Métamorphoses to purchase the signed physical pieces.