Thursday, April 20, 2017

that time when theory

that time when theory was more interesting than poetry

an expectant hush settles over the room / the poets are about to read

/ the frisson of recognition / rejection as recognition / poetry and restraint theory / poetry as territory / stop explaining the poem / immersed in language / guided by engagement / breeding fragments / poetics meets critical writing / transgressive resurrections / the material word / intersectional entreaties / the failure of intent / how we choose what survives / what is different and still ordinary / people fit together in ways we would never expect / rejection of the subjective mode / the subject of experience / traversing the landscape of meaning / "i have feelings too" / let me take my place in the choir / discover new trajectories / the question of community / the vagaries of taste / sometimes it takes me hundreds of hours /

beauty still exists