By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
Found Poetry Review’s Book Reviews Editor Douglas Luman is a “volunteer poet” for the month of October for Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project. That means he is among a group of poets contributing 30 poems in 30 days to help raise funds (and readership) in support of the literary press. I particularly enjoyed the found poem that Doug conjured for October 8th. Read poems, follow along and donate here.
Welcome to the 30/30 Project, an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets will run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way.
Dig into this covertext.org blog post by Patrick Greaney bringing together modernism, Foucault, appropriation, “govermentality” and resistance.
Appropriation and quotation might seem to be good examples of what Foucault calls governmentality. Intervening as little as possible, governmentality manages populations with the aim of unleashing their potential, and it encourages subjects to discover and actualize their true selves.
Appropriation, as practiced by Place, Prince, Foucault, and many artists and conceptual poets, may be just such a system of constraint, one that is analogous to governmentality’s minimalist interventions. But it’s merely analogous and not identical to it, because governmentality produces identities based on subjects’ hidden truths, while appropriating artists and writers manage texts and images with the aim of liberating themselves from the histories and identities that originate there. The will not to be governed would allow images and texts to speak truth, but not truth considered as adequation.
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