Sonnets from Suburbia: Algorithms

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Lady Penelope doth ponder the effect of algorithms on friendships as only Lady Penelope can. And don’t forget to pick up her brilliant newly released book, “Sonnets from Suburbia: More Candles Than Cake”.



While algorithms keep us far apart,

or so that’s the excuse you tend to use,

take comfort that I know what’s in your heart

and am convinced that you would not abuse;

Abuse me with your absence, treatment cold,

ignoring please for contact from your friend.

You are so very busy, so I’m told,

or p’rhaps you’ve gone completely round the bend.

I then made a mistake and checked your page,

the one where all your fans, not friends can visit,

and so discovered you were all the rage

on tour in Paris or Kabul, which is it?

Not sure why it’s been ions since we spoke.

Not Facebook’s fault our algorithm broke.


  • Lady Penelope

    Penny Peyser, aka “Lady Penelope” is an actress / writer / documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her sonnets have been published in Defenestration , Blood & Bourbon, Page & Spine and Chantwood Magazine among others. Highlights from her acting career include The Hot l Baltimore original production at Circle in the Square, the films All the President’s Men, The InLaws, The Frisco Kid and TV series Rich Man, Poor Man II, The Tony Randall Show, Crazy Like a Fox and Knots Landing. Please visit for all links and to learn about her documentaries Trying to Get Good and Stillpoint. And now Penny Peyser has gathered all of her sonnets into a new book, “Sonnets from Suburbia: More Candles Than Cake”. It is a work of pure genius!

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