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.

 

372everywhere you look a story begins
48313indeed once you put on one of these the usa accepts you as an italian american
5114what happens at this point in the investigation is that you fly by instruments
 
311212are you doomed to revive regimes of murderers inquisitors and dictators
678because when i fall asleep the child wakes up and beats me
4432buddhist blues italians win great wars through perseverance
 
46117these monkeys must sleep on wet grass every night or they will never mate he said
494when i say us of course i do not mean us but the old men
7511soft noises break like bubbles and colors pour all over your hands
 
31713many of these love and will help you at all hours but you must ask first
35910what's it like down out across there in the distant italian american future
13114the sense you were born with makes you a human being and guides you
 
27212eventually everything returns as grass and roses
3233some take the liberty to say italy means the mature study of life