Pastiche: hot damn.
Last week I mentioned Kenneth Goldsmith’s performance of his conceptual poem “The Body of Michael Brown.” Goldsmith’s choice to appropriate the content of Michael Brown’s autopsy document has triggered many strong reactions. Here are some that stood out:
Seeking out “those scalpel-sharp words that are untranslatable without remainder.”
On Friday, Kenneth Goldsmith read a piece he titled “The Body of Michael Brown,” crafted from the content of the Michael Brown autopsy document. The reading brought about strong reactions and questions about the appropriation of the suffering of people of color for publication and personal gain.
It’s in the air, it’s inevitable, it’s gonna come.
Poet Matt Trease discusses the processes he used for creating his “bailiwick” and “predilection” poem sequences, including hiring poetry “workers” to help compile found texts.
If there’s one argument that immediately gets my blood boiling, it’s the old myth that “it was so much better then than it is now.”
We pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy’s iconic Star Trek character, Spock.
In the poems that comprise The Things I Heart About You, being able to see the speaker’s faults, failures, and attempts to crystallize their position on what they choose to communicate allows the “mistaken,” and the inexact, to remain visible.