Viability (Vap)

Viability means, according to a quick search, the ability of a thing (a living organism, an artificial system, an idea, etc.) to maintain itself or recover its potentialities. And this is clearly Vap’s topic. Whether it’s pre-Civil War American slavery (there’s an interesting note about her ‘sampling’ the work of other writers for these pieces) or present day fishing slavery in Thailand, a newborn baby, stock strategies named after attractive celebrities, Vap explores the notion of viability.

My problem is how she explores it. More often than not, these are less poems and more epigrams, too immersed in their own cleverness to have any emotional power and too repetitive in their structure to hold much stylistic interest.

She has a good question; I’m just not sure she’s the one to answer it.


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