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Tag: Poetics

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THE SONNET IS DEAD

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‘The sonnet was obviously a most significant formal concept, for it appealed to the imaginations of poets in many languages in many cultures, but we can’t write sonnets any more because we no longer live in the sonnet’s world.’

Mary Ellen Solt, Concrete Poetry: A World View (Indiana University Press) available here

TEXT PEOPLE PICTURES OF THE SUNSET

GENRE

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‘On a desert island, which strikes me as oxymoronic but the phrase enjoys, I believe, considerable currency, or maybe I confuse it with deserted island, which itself raises a question – namely, has the island once been populated and is only now that you are on it otherwise unpopulated – let us say then on an island all by your own self with nothing to read except one kind of poetry, would you select metaphysical, lyric, language, gift-card, or cowboy poetry?’

Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood (Serpent’s Tail)

ON SIMULTANEITY

On Simultaneity

conceptual poetry triggers
brainwaves but seldom
tugs at heartstrings
i want to
be simultaneously
stirring and stimulating
a French kiss at the library