Hudson is a suite of poems about the distortions of the language and the world due to capital.
In late July 2011 I began to become fascinatedby the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftershocks, which still reverberate. I reflected on how unaware I had been of what was happening at the time. I read and I read, from popular accounts like Michael Lewis' book The Big Short, through articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and around the web, to texts on quantitative finance and the thousands of pages of the reports of the US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. I discovered there were things called volatility swaps, and attempts to build mathematical models of risk, and that there was a blog on the Financial Times called Alphaville. I thought of Jean-Luc Godard and May '68. The strangeness of the language of derivatives andthe amorality of the individuals involved in the events of that time (our time, still) demanded some response. Sometime in late August 2011 I found I was starting to write poems using this language.
The writing continues. These poems are not narratives, morality plays, or lyrics. I've said I'll keep writing them until capital ends, or I do. Less in the past few years, and the subject matter has widened.
You can read some of the poems here.