Float - 108 (flotage) Summary & Analysis

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"108 (flotage)" is another chapbook written in list-form, and narrated from the point of view of an ambiguous, third person party. However, unlike such list-based chapbooks as "Maintenance," "108 (flotage)" presents its bullet points in non-chronological order. Indeed, these points are entered in ascending order, though sequences of numbers are missing. For example: point 80 is followed by point 89, which is followed by 90 and then, randomly, 108. Each point is therefore a fragment of a thought in progress that is never quite connected to that which precedes or follows it, but that nevertheless constructs a sort of loose and comprehensible narrative, each point in pseudo conversation whatever comes before or after.

As the parenthetical at the close of this poem states, "108 (flotage)" is a chapbook concerned with "A guy" who told the poet "what happened to him at the border." (It is unclear that this border is. Is...

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