[-empyre-] Poetry has no future
srwn at me.com
Sat Mar 21 18:05:58 EST 2009
As an artist, I would like to defend the idea that poetry has no future.
If, as I believe, what we call poetry is always lyrically at once
purposeful and hesitant (Valery), unstable, equivocal, unresolved,
then it can only manifest itself in a state of tension that involves
the reader/viewer/listener/toucher/or otherwise interactor upon the
act of reading/viewing/listening/touching/interacting.
In other words poetry - e or not - is always RADICALLY ACTUAL, non?
So it seems difficult to speculate on various forms of future e-poetry
when the conditions (technologies for instance) for its creation or
material manifestation do not yet exist. It's hard to put your head
under the hood to perform your little 'bricolage' if the vehicle
As we're waiting, we can turn to the time table posted on the wall and
see it as the graphic rendition of what to expect at what precise
moment. But the poetic value of the time-table lies in its lack of
precision, in our impatience, longing, boredom, and other forms of
exasperation. I've done wall drawings of modernist architectural
renditions, confronting utopia to the grain of the wall. You need an
obstacle to project on. A screen to both hide and reveal.
I've always been interested in how science-fiction tells you much less
about the future than about the time of its creation. It essentially
betrays the limits of our imagination, or at least it points to the
actual conditions of its virtual projections.
I will be 'facilitating' a workshop in August here in Auroville, Tamil
Nadu, South India. I haven't yet decided on the title, but I will
invite students to rub virtual and actual, pixel and molecule,
tangible brick and 3D, utopia and soil together. I believe that if you
rub vigorously _it_ will produce a few sparks, some of them poetic
maybe. What _it_ will be cannot be seriously announced, unless we
canonize wishful thinking as a minor poetic genre. We'll see what we
will see when we cross that bridge.
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Currently in South India
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