June 29, 2005

On airplane to Vermont . . .

Eleni Stecopoulos's "Visceral Poetics: Language, Energy and the Chronic Syndrome of the West." Really great dissertation.

Some quotes from it . . .

from Paul Metcalf used 2x in book: "Because, if you drown, who cares? And if you don't plunge, who cares?"

from Novalis: Poet, inventor of symptoms.

from Glissant (the Poetics of Relation): It is possible to build the tower--in every language

She takes from Grossman "xylophone" or "xylophenie" for Artaud's idiolect.

Two books to read: Andresen, Linguistics in America, 1769-1924 and Carr, Inventing The American Primitive.

Also, to blurb for Tinfish, Barbara Jane Reyes's Poeta en San Francisco. Blurb as of now goes:

The US has been at war since its beginnings. And it has taken this to new levels in the last fifty or so years. In response, US poetry that matters has become one long, necessary lament. One could dismiss this as poets rhyming while Rome falls. But it makes more sense to see poetry as one of the places where the ravages of war--on the psyche, on the land, on the culture—are called out and called into question. Barbara Jane Reyes's *poeta en san francsico* is a necessary part of this emerging tradition of poetry. This book looks at what wars in the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq have done to the home front, to the city streets. It is a multilingual litany that forcefully articulates what it means to be living as a woman in a nation of veterans, virgins, and dark angels.

Damon and Livingston, intro to Poetry & Cultural Studies.

Before I left . . . Etal Adnan's In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country. Will post blurb when I get back to Oakland.

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