20 November 2008

Leslie Scalapino says:

There’s no hierarchy (in existence), though it occurs socially created and created by animals, authority does not derive from it. The writing enables one to see that and be ‘without’ it. A poem can be a terrain where hierarchy can be undone or not occur (in the writing), but obviously the writing does not make it not occur in the world. So, its subject is also the relation of conceptual to phenomena, conceptual being an action also. Yet even proposing conceptual non-hierarchy frequently meets with great resistance (usually).

06 November 2008

How to recognize a poem

"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. ... Is there any other way?"

--Emily Dickinson