Poetry. As is well known, the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution enables a corporation to be considered a person—with many of the rights granted to (human) individuals. But has anyone considered how this person might talk, or, for that matter, write poems? CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO! is the first to explore such an idea. It begins with thirty "Corporate Sonnets," many constructed out of the corporate speak we hear and use ourselves every day. Then it goes on to examine how this language becomes part of who we are—from the products we consume, and their meanings, to the ways we think and speculate. The result is something new—both elevated and crass at the same time. The great American pragmatist philosopher John Dewey urged thinkers of his own time to "acknowledge the significance of economic factors in life, rather than evading the issue." In a witty, satirical and entertaining manner—that employs both traditional and innovative forms—this collection takes up that challenge for today.
Jerome Sala's books of poetry include cult classics such as Spaz Attack (1980), I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent (1985), The Trip, RAW DEAL (1994), Look Slimmer Instantly (2005), Prom Night (a collaboration with artist Tamara Gonzales, 2011), and THE CHEAPSKATES. He's also the author of CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO! (NYQ Books, 2017). His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Nation, Evergreen Review, Pleiades, Conjunctions, Rolling Stone, The Brooklyn Rail, Journal of Poetics Research, and many others. Before moving to New York in the 80s, Sala and his spouse, poet Elaine Equi, did numerous readings together, helping to create Chicago's lively performance poetry scene. He has worked for many corporations of all kinds as a professional copywriter and has a PhD in American Studies from New York University. He maintains the blog Espresso Bongo, on "poetry, pop culture, and everyday life," and lives and works in New York City.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA