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lovely to see someone quoting Jerzy Lec!

"if a cannibal eats with a knife & fork, is it progress?"

KS

2008/10/6 Frederick Pollack <[log in to unmask]>

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Barry Alpert" <[log in to unmask]
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> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 11:10 AM
> Subject: Re: 2 poems
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>
> "Ann Lauterbach
> Ruth and David E. Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature
>
> Program(s): Integrated Arts, Literature, Writing Program in Fiction and
> Poetry
>
> B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison. Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Columbia
> University.
> Teacher and director of the literature program at the Institute of
> Contemporary Arts.
> Books include If in Time (2001); On a Stair (1997); And For Example (1994);
> Clamor
> (1991); Before Recollection (1987); Many Times, But Then (1979).
> Contributing editor,
> Conjunctions (1981- ). Wrote column "The Night Sky" in American Poetry
> Review. Grants:
> New York State Foundation for the Arts, Ingram Merrill Foundation,
> Guggenheim
> Foundation, MacArthur Fellowship (1993). Faculty, Milton Avery Graduate
> School of the
> Arts and Center for Curatorial Studies. (1997- ) David and Ruth Schwab
> Professor of
> Languages and Literature."
>
>
> Will Poetryetc's "board" post the list's language regarding sexism.  That
> phrase "meaty
> masterpiece", within a context which can't be regarded as literary
> criticism and more
> closely resembles jealous personal assault (repeated from "before"), needs
> serious
> consideration.
>
>
> Oh, yes, that other point - which any neocon journal ranting about
> political correctness would simply adore ... I'm reminded of Stanislaw Jerzy
> Lec's aphorism, "Don't tell your dreams - what if the Freudists come to
> power?" An equivalent might be: "Avoid metaphors - there are Derridists
> about ..."
>