MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
And that story about the future of vision leads us to this month's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED news poet. Each month, we're bringing in a poet to spend the day with us and at the end to compose a poem reflecting on the day's news. Today, we're joined by Craig Morgan Teicher. His books include "Brenda Is in the Room & Other Poems." And, Craig, it was that Google glasses story that was your inspiration today. Why?
CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER: You know, I love the Internet. I love - I mean, I walk around with an iPad everywhere I go. But this idea of the Internet superimposed actually on what you see and everywhere you are really sort of changes the stakes, I think. It's kind of creepy.
BLOCK: Creepy, intriguing. And how did you end up turning that into verse? How did you approach that?
TEICHER: Well, I wrote in a form called a villanelle, which is a form where the first and third lines are repeated as the last lines of the succeeding stanzas through the rest of the poem. So the - it's kind of about convincing yourself of something or repeating something or, you know, trying to kind of get over a point that you can't quite get over.
BLOCK: Huh. Did you choose - that structure has a certain formality to it, I guess, right? Why did you turn to that?
TEICHER: This is a difficult - I mean, it's a challenging circumstance to try to - you know, normally, I would take weeks to...
TEICHER: ...you know, finish something like this. So...
BLOCK: This is a very unfair task we've set for you.
TEICHER: Yeah. I mean, though, you know, though a fun one. But, you know, so it's a form that I happen to feel pretty comfortable with. And so it was just - it sort of helped me organize the process of going from nothing to poem in a couple of hours. You know, I had to do that quickly.
BLOCK: Yeah. Well, let's take a listen to what you came up with today about the Google Goggles.
TEICHER: (Reading) "Through Google Glasses: A Villanelle." At last, the Internet is before my eye, the actual world merely the consequence of the search terms I supply. Looking up, I see information in the sky: not just birds but related stories and comments from readers of the Internet before my eye, or between it and the world where I am walking and yet at a distance, veiled by the search terms I supply to my glasses. I feel uplifted, high, even, almost, uploaded. It's intense, merging word and world in my eye.
(Reading) Looking at you, glasses off, though, I feel shy - there's so much these glasses can't enhance about me, so much search can't supply. But with them on, I'm more than a guy at a keyboard. I am a see-board, immense, re-envisioning, according to the Internet in my eye, a world, at last, that answers to the terms I supply.
BLOCK: That's the poem "Through Google Glasses." It was written today here at ALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Craig Morgan Teicher. Craig, how does it sound as you hear it now?
TEICHER: It's, you know, it's - I mean, normally, I would, you know, not even have shown it to my wife yet. So...
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TEICHER: But I mean, it was a really fun thing to get to do. So...
BLOCK: Yeah. Would you think it might be a poem you'd go back and tinker with?
TEICHER: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. I mean, I'll - I think I'll keep it, you know?
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TEICHER: I'm happy with it. Yeah.
BLOCK: "Through Google Glasses: A Villanelle," written today here at ALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Craig Morgan Teicher. Craig, it's been fun having you here. Thanks.
TEICHER: Yeah. Thank you.
BLOCK: And stay tuned. Once a month, we plan to invite a poet into our process, and we'll bring you their thoughts on the day's news.
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