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    Men say they know many things;
    But lo! they have taken wings—
    The arts and sciences,
    And a thousand appliances;
    The wind that blows
    Is all that any body knows.

    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    (in context)

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Nonconceptualism (cont.)

Posted by Matthew on June 12, 2008

Continuing Tuesday’s post, an excerpt from the manifesto:

1) total exploitation of the aleatory differend
2) rejection of any vulgar constructivist chauvinism whereby suture subtends torque
3) modal sensuousness over concretist heroics
4) occasional recourse to images of seagulls
5) at the baseline of practice, a constant shuffling of the predatory and the abject constitutive valences, so that “innovation” cannot be recuperated as “legitimacy”

[to be continued]

I’m too far removed from my college poetry studies to have understood, at first pass, a great deal of the entire post in question, though it is to the point that I should probably just call BS and be done with it.

Instead, I will satisfy myself by being amused by today’s poem (“poem”?), Nonconceptual Poem #4A7.E7

To be continued, indeed.

Aside: what makes me sad here is that it doesn’t matter if this is a joke or not. If it is not a joke, then I’d have to wonder if poetics hasn’t completely exited the realm of the culturally relevant & useful. If it is a joke, I’m not sure the “then” is any different, because this joke’s humor, like that of all jokes, would be dependent upon its relation to reality. And if this in any way resembles contemporary poetic reality, poetry is in bad shape.

Poetry used to be printed in major newspapers, people. It used to be relevant to large swaths of the public. It filled stadiums. Perhaps Nonconceptualism and its ilk are relevant to some small number of eccentric folk in an increasingly (and disturbingly) fractured postmodern society, but I’d like to think poetry is bigger than that.

I’m just saying.


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