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.

 

4531he could be valentino
4227american soldiers had shot the lenni lenape as now they obliterated mussolini
50101whitman compared himself with the grass and planned to return to the grass
 
4255entering the social system needs a stone heart i thought so i can stand it
2527but you must use these implements to survive so you take them back
2446how can you be a good citizen when your father does not accept what you do
 
8712soon they replace the hero with the centurion movie theater
19210the waves themselves answer your questions minute by minute forever
17103at the end of the story the hero burns his guilty rags on the altar
 
1498sorting rituals for anthologies we distinguish their virtues
4339on the streetcorners of long island city we stood in motorcycle jackets
26109we have used them to organize impressive projects
 
111210every highway broke under the weight of the blue sky
44115dickens haunts the anglo streets at christmas out emily dickinson's east dormer