I take your point about 'numbers', it just seemed to be what you were
implying, but I'm very painfully aware of how e-mail conversations can lead
to misunderstanding. I'm not dismissive of poetry linking with other arts, I
like it in fact, but neither do I look at that without reservations anymore
than I look at poetry by itself without the same. I am very wary of certain
emphases in our culture on image, technology etc but that wariness does not
preclude a preparedness to accept the possibilities of extension.
Can poetry be 'autonomous'? H'm, maybe it can suggest a kind of autonomy,
something which is a metaphor for psychological integrity, to a holding
together of the falling apart at least for the moment of the poem. I don't
know, this is something I'm trying to work my head around, and crucial to
whether I continue to write or not, can't say more than that at present,
because I can't claim to have an answer.
A Chide's Alphabet
Painting Without Numbers
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From: "cris cheek" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 10:03 PM
Subject: Re: where is the current avant-garde?
i don't mean simple numbers as in trying to just get lots of readers
willy-nilly so much as looking for alliances with thoser who already
appreciate other contemporary arts practices that are genuine peer
practices to poetry that interests me. The work makes alliances possible.
Those who like the music or video work of xxx (say) might not know about
the writing of yyy (say).
I know it's simplistic. It's about saying look what this writing is up to
and see how the ways it is working is connected or conversant to other
attentions you already have. You might find it worth paying more time and
attention to what poetry is achieving. Poetry is surprisingly in the world
And the point about Caroline's polylingualism is not to throw attention
onto the poet but to throw light and sound onto the writing (since it
displays poly-lingual attention). Poems never are autonmous . . .? are they?
melody - rhthym and noise
love and love