I had a whale of a time just reading it out loud quite quickly without stopping to wonder what it's about, especially the first two in the book.
Was reading some Prynne the other day - something totally incomprehensible - but found if I read it out loud with complete confidence, acting as if I did understand it completely, then I kind of did understand it, at least on some level.
I think that reading technique is good for a lot of seemingly difficult/ incomprehensive stuff. Just read it out and let it do its thing on you (if it has anything to offer).
I think he's raided Prynne's pantry for tasty effects but they're not actually that similar overall imo. So you're kind of inadvertently right in a way, even though you've got no idea what you're on about. Well done lol
"Later in Antwerp, we will remember
the death-drive always disguised as Eros, always as
life and laughing
how foolish these mortals be."
"last chance at HAPPINESS walk this way
bent back elbow grease walk this way you like it smile
shine grateful for the opportunity can't be choosers"
"Wikipedia entry is your gateway to
this knowledge, sip the nectar and speak only sweetness
hummingbird, tilt the flower-cup, drink.
mucoid river in its trough/oily rainbows/dolphins,
seals/why can't we be happy
all the time?"
"crybaby lamentation not fair I don't make the rules."
You do have to mention Burroughs and Brass-era Prynne as points of reference, but they're both quite old now, this is an update on that in many ways to me. It's concerned with how we are controlled, and littered with all the detritus of modern life, especially post-internet (from the perspective of a person of a certain age, maybe not someone who grew up with the internet).