[-empyre-] A poem is a small (or large) machine

William Bain willronb at yahoo.com
Sun May 7 19:55:50 AEST 2017

Hello Empyreans. I’m greatly enjoying thediscussion, all its various themes. What struck me today in regard to theWilliam Carlos Williams quote & comments was Davin’s opposition of unplannedversus ple-planned texts (not only poems). I find that and Murat’s comments onconstraints in postmodernist versus those in modernist texts very interesting. Perhapsthis is where the robotic and machinic become more involved in the idea of apoem’s persona(e). Whatever metaphor is used gives a certain slant to a textobviously. This brought to mind Burroughs’ title (and concept) The SoftMachine, where the body, the human body, both collective and particular, arethe main metaphor. Alan Sondheim has mentioned the concept of splatter orscatter a number of times in previous posts, and I ofund myself thinking to thebody as tool and toolmaker, not only in humans but in other animals as well,including insects, obviousy. So here we are mayabe in ideas about the rhapsodicand how much weight a poem puts on improvisation. Thanks so much for all theideas! Best wishes, William
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