ellisislandpoem.com

The stable text of Ellis Island is divided into 52 books each containing 12 sonnets of 14 lines each. This page presents a Random Sonnet based on that text. The numerals in the left column of this page indicate book, sonnet, and line numbers that identify the source of each line in the stable text.

 

50126finesse subsumes steady practical daily flexibility breath transmuting gymnastics
46811i teach the need for an italian resonance in the united states of america
41512in may we did cafes and in june bookstores and in july a professional group
 
44914when i write i use a toolkit
31127italian americans rest in layers impacted like clay in geological core samples
32612in that crazy war another couple of years would have meant the end of us all
 
7411birds land on them and die falling to the road shoulder
181211abbiamo creato quel mondo nuovo we have made that new world
50111with all the things that i have had to learn
 
317in my old dream the chorus of old people is laughing at me
40118we learn uncertainties of sand and of mist when they lightly film the pavement
161113sitting in his class compound the roasting chef has dictated it
 
3532in friendship we seek immortality
5143my only guess is less is more