Short Circuit

Selected Poems

Author: Daniel O'Donnell-Smith

  • Selected Poems

    Short Circuit

    Selected Poems



Rhetoric is a Language Trick, Poetry is a Language Trap . The rhetorician uses language to attack, the poet attacks language – partly to usurp the hegemony of the alphabet I suppose (a power that NK Hayles grants to coding languages) and because we may feel that that’s what poets have always done. To break apart language and syntax is analogous to breaking with tradition. I wonder if the [un]natural development of tradition can keep up with our enthusiasm for iconoclasm. The Last Poem will be the statue of a saint with its head lopped off.

How to Cite:

O'Donnell-Smith, D., (2014) “Selected Poems”, Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network 5(1). doi:



Published on
29 May 2014
Peer Reviewed