Monday, March 31, 2008

Hippocratic Fingers

A review of Robert Hass's Time and Materials.

Kenneth Goldsmith: "Conceptual writing obstinately makes no claims on originality. On the contrary, it employs intentionally self and ego effacing tactics using uncreativity, unoriginality, illegibility, appropriation, plagiarism, fraud, theft, and falsification as its precepts; information management, word processing, databasing, and extreme process as its methodologies; and boredom, valuelessness, and nutritionlessness as its ethos. Language as material, language as process, language as something to be shoveled into a machine and spread across pages, only to be discarded and recycled once again. Language as junk, language as detritus. Nutritionless language, meaningless language, unloved language, entartete sprache, everyday speech, illegibility, unreadability, machinistic repetition. Obsessive archiving & cataloging, the debased language of media & advertising; language more concerned with quantity than quality. How much did you say that paragraph weighed?"

Read the rest of the interview with some of the participants who will appear at the U of A Poetry Center's Conceptual Poetics Symposium this May.

There's a chapbook exhibition over at the U of A Poetry Center.

Cystic Fibrosis Fact: People with CF often develop clubbing of their fingers and toes due to the effects of chronic illness and low oxygen on their tissues. Hippocrates was probably the first to document clubbing as a sign of disease, and the phenomenon is therefore occasionally called Hippocratic fingers.

Hart Crane, American visionary?

The new Latino Poetry Review.

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