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Managed Diversity

Through predictive analytics I understood the inevitability of the caged-up babies
They keep coffins at the border for when the refugees get too far from home
How many thousands of bodies can we fit in a tent or a swimming pool
We can live without the unknown in front of us if we keep enough babies in cages
The cardboard box sleeps one kid comfortably
Two is snug   efficient   recommended in times of austerity

Relational values change in relation to market sentiments

This is the danger of having too much access to illegal bodies
Let’s pretend the illegal bodies are bankers
Let’s stick all the bankers in cages
Let’s shove shit in their mouths
Let’s pretend they are eating cryptocurrency
Let’s create a crisis let’s induce inflation
Let’s undervalue the cost of their bodies

I dream of an economy where one arrested immigrant is replaced with one dead banker
I am not responsible for my dreams rather I am responsible for what I do with my dreams
When the sleep medication wears off I am alone with the machines that watch me	
The global economy brightens my room with the surveillance of my rotten assets


Copyright © 2018 by Daniel Borzutzky. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 14, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“From where I see it, this poem appears to be thinking about the intersections of big data and surveillance practices; border conflicts, human rights abuse, and the militarization of the border; the profits gained from the prison industry; and the act of shoving feces into the mouths of investment bankers.”
—Daniel Borzutzky


Daniel Borzutzky

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of Lake Michigan (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), a finalist for the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize and The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 National Book Award.

Date Published: 2018-11-14

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