Wednesday, September 10, 2008

week week week week

Actually just "week." One week before I leave Utah. Or go to Chicago. Whichever way you want to look at it.
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I have a place to live. And a roommate. And apparently a fondess for conjunctions.
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Symposium on Poetics on Friday. Featuring Kim Johnson, Jay Hopler, Susan Howe, Lance Larsen, and Paisley Rekdal. In seating order, of course. And my favorite quotes. Ever.

Larsen: "All we can do is filch or fabricate [our poetics]. All lyric poems are one."

Howe: "my poetry operates cynically"

Hopler: "my poems tend to be smarter than I am"

Hopler quoting James Tate: "If you're not surprised by the poem, the reader's not surprised by the poem."

Johnson: The function of poetry is to "redeem the unrepresentable in the world".

Hopler: "the inevitable fall [down the page]"

Larsen/Johnson: The poem itself ought to be its own experience/world and follow its own rules. It casts a shadow on this world.

Hopler: Language has to be beautiful in a way the world cannot be.

Hopler: What a poem is about is the least interesting thing about a poem.

Johnson: When I start with those four words, I assume the poem is already there.

6 comments:

Anna B said...

how did something like that even happen?? i wish i had been there. i can't believe you leave in a week!!!! i'm pumped for you.

The Ung Family said...

You better call me so we can go to lunch or something before you leave! Are you avoiding me???? :)

Alexis said...

I'm really sorry I missed you this weekend. Dang.

I hope you don't think I'm a bad friend. I really did want to see you before you took off on your latest adventure, which I can't wait to hear all about by the way.

Also. Those are some seriously awesome quotes. Rekdal didn't say anything amazing? I read The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee and really liked it, but I haven't read any of her poetry (except maybe you had one on your blog?)...

Ginsberg said...

Man, this is why I'm a hack. I don't say things like that and my poems don't do things like they talked about. Anyhow, good luck in Chicago.

ke said...

Thank you so much for the heads-up on this symposium. I slipped in late and left a little early and was very glad I went. Good luck!

Joseph said...

Are you in Chicago? I need an update.

 

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