Numbers: Lingua Nova

“Numbers is a new weekly column by contrubutor Curt Hopkins. “Numbers” is an historic term for poetry, and also alludes to the numbers in programming. The title of this poem, Lingua Nova, is Latin for “new language.””

The Cryptosphere

Oscar Wilde was Anonymous Oscar Wilde was Anonymous

“Language has run riot in an age of mass communication. It must be reduced to its proper function – the expression of authentic content, rather than its concealment.”
Martin Esslin

If Anonymous is not a hacking gang,
With a master plan

To crack the safes of every bank in town,
Then go to ground

To turn up later on a yacht in Malta
Or dacha in the Baltics

Or cyberspies devoted to the death
Of the U.S.

Or post-pubescent clowns with rattlecans
And sticky hands

What are they then, this mob of secret hackers?
No group. A syntax.

A brand new protocol for public discourse,
A nascent source

Of civic language for the appraisal of power,
to parse the force

That governs public life, from winter socks
For the indigent, lost

Amid plenty, to pirates whose depredations made them;
A tongue whose…

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