Author’s Note :
These poems were derived from the closed captioning of an interview with UFC fighter Conor McGregor. The technology’s inability to account for McGregor’s Dublin accent resulted in a glitch-laden and often garbled transcription. I collected, arranged, and lightly edited this found text.
While loosely following the structure of the spoken language, the glitches reveal a suggestive layer within the speech that invokes and recasts the discourse surrounding self-promotion and combat sports. This sunken language is absurd yet resonant—a poetics of both failure and revelation.
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Bio: Andrew Rihn is the author of Revelation: An Apocalypse in Fifty-Eight Fights, a book of prose poems about Mike Tyson. He lives in Ohio, USA.