Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just saw this on Johannes Göransson's blog- "The pervasive monoglossic notion of language and poetry: poetry is both "high" (you need a good education to write well) and strangely natural (native, unalieanted, unforeign etc). This misconception defines an anti-sensibility as strangely both raw (pure spontaneity, hurling feces, wild stuff) and un-natural/artificial."

This reminds me of the needless debate between evolution and intelligent design. Ultimately, each person's resolution has nothing to do with right and wrong, facts and fallacies, but with preference. Some people prefer to marvel at constructors, those with visions and plans, while others like simply to "see where this is going." Where the true conflict lies, and what Goransson seems to be alluding to, is when truth is confused with preference and when that new truth births its only possible counterweight, i.e., nature/artifice, order/chaos, high art/low art.

Either way, Goransson is one of the smartest guys operating right now and you should totally read his blog...

1 comment:

Jonathan Barrett said...

I'm going to leave a comment about this posting soon but I'm tired right now. But I will say that the Schomburg poetry tournament was kind of awesome. I think I'm going to do it.