Month: April 2017

Why Poetic/Artistic Schools of Thought are Limiting

art / writing

In my previous post, I explained what I believe is a way to bring two schools of poetry together.  Why it should matter, I have no idea. Honestly, I don’t care. I mean, yes, I am amused by how both sides take it so seriously–but, in the end, it’s all a bunch of palaver and bull-hockey, et.al. People try to direct a trend or tendency into a movement or school of thought in order to […]

A Hybrid Poetics

poetry / vispo

Sectarianism is notoriously lethal in politics, especially on the Left. And by the Left, I don’t mean the right wing Democratic Party we have in the United States, but the marginalized socialist Left that every good, god-fearing American loathes. Anyway, that’s fodder for another post. My point is that this same self-defeating dynamic, on occasion, plays out in literature.  To wit: over the last few years or so, I’ve been following with increasing interest the Great […]

Thoughts on Kenneth Goldsmith

poetry / writing

KG is an interesting figure.  The Web is full of pro/con on this guy, and I’m not sure what to make of his influence. My sense is he likes being thought of as a charlatan by the “poetry community” (whatever that is).  I’m okay with literary charlatans–because all creative people are essentially confidence men/women. There’s nothing really world-saving and/or intrinsically moral about Art.  Nihilists are very good artists.  In fact, a good majority of artists […]