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New Word Order: Basra

In the gaming environment of New Word Order: Basra, the player is invited to read, explore, and destroy words taken from a Billy Collins' poem, sample lines of which read, "walk inside the poem's room/ and feel the walls for a light switch. They begin beating it with a hose/ to find out what it really means." If interpretation itself disfigures poetic language, then the player of New Word Order: Basra makes that violence literal by using an arsenal of weapons (including a crow bar) to disfigure and reconfigure the words of Collins' poem.

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