I'll throw a metaphorical brick at poetry:
The lecture/talk with slides by the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth which I witnessed this
past Tuesday made most presentations by poets seem very minor indeed. And his media
can best be described as words. I'll provide the URL for the podcast when the
Smithsonian makes it available, but for now a google search may give you a sense of his
There were no poets (that I recognized) in the audience.
On Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:41:50 +0000, David Bircumshaw
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>How about throwing bricks at poetry?
>2008/10/30 Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]>:
>> Dave take up bricklaying and poetry !!!
>> Bricklaying courses for the more mature student
>> The answer
>> Cheers Patrick
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> Behalf Of David Bircumshaw
>> Sent: 30 October 2008 01:01
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>> Subject: Re: anthologists
>> I'll try to elaborate something Candice: of late I have developed a
>> morbid fear of being seen as A Poet. Crudely put, among middle-class
>> people it tends to awake a feeding frenzy in psychological vampires,
>> while among lower-class people it triggers nihilistic crudity in
>> limerick rhymes. I hate the pretension of vocation, for me it's a
>> burden I wish I never had, I would much rather have been a bricklayer,
>> for example, like my dad, at least it's a honest job. Poetry is
>> magnificent, at times, yes, and it also sucks, it's full of phonies,
>> it's all too much a picture of Us, the supremely misnamed homo sapiens
>> The very crude snap I posted earlier has perked my interest again: I
>> would like to find a way to write rant that is aesthetically
>> satisfying at the same time too, a kind of formalisation of fury,
>> examples from the last century, such as Howl or the Usura Canto don't
>> really work, the Jacobeans could do it at times, but that was their
>> language, so I'm going to plot the development of a new form: the
>> Gibberhell (I've decided to drop the the final 'e') More later.
>> 2008/10/30 MC Ward <[log in to unmask]>:
>>> As you like, David, though on a Universal scale maybe we should be talking
>> about remaining terrors.