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Subject:

The New School of Poetry

From:

"Ernest Slyman" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Ernest Slyman

Date:

Thu, 19 Feb 1998 16:15:45 -0500

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I should say I am alarmed that the Disintegrationalist School does exist.
And not without talent. However, much of what I encounter borders on spoof.
Perhaps the disintegrationalists are talented practitioners of poetical
farce.

Examples to the good might find e.e. cummings in the Disintegrationalist
School. He overcame the poetical farce and created a body of literature that
prove radically experimental and inventive.

Has a school of verse been derived from Cummings or Cummings-like
practitioners? Cummings's poetic style was typographical nonconformity;
distortions of syntax; unusual punctuation; new words; and a liberal use of
jazz rhythms, elements of popular culture, and slang.

As a result of his style, Cummings's poetry appears complex to the eye, but
the ideas expressed through the words and punctuation are often simple.
Although the emotional content of his poetry appears at first glance to be
cynical, it is basically lyrical and almost romantic, often speaking of the
value of love.

I meant merely to raise the question that if a movement of poetry should
attempt mimicry of language's collapse or society's collapse, then that same
movement was not removed from the responsibility that falls to poetry in
general.

I find abhorrent the notion that the writing of poetry progresses like some
literary process of natural selection and each new age develops keener
language and writing skills.

I wish to nudge them toward a more loftier level than mere send-up.



Ernest Slyman
HomePage
www.geocities.com/soho/7514
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