Author’s Note: The three pieces are parts of a collection that I can only call ‘anti-poems’. They are ‘anti’ the way antique pieces are, which is to say, if these poems undermine meaning-making, it is because they have lost their significances in the cultural milieu, which is to say, anti-poems are not about things, they are things themselves. They are, in the Kantian sense, noumena.
Shriram Sivaramakrishnan is an alumnus of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and an M.F.A. student at Boise State University. His poems have appeared in DIAGRAM. His debut pamphlet, Let the Light In, was published by Ghost City Press in June 2018. He tweets at @shriiram.