Friday, 7 April 2000

From "Poetics"

By Keston Sutherland.

[Bernstein, according to Schultz] takes “all the ways in which the language has been mis- / Used, misplaced [etc]” and combines them “in a kind of rococo / Salad that reinvigorates the discourse.” All the ways is a lot of ways indeed, particularly as language which creatively reduplicates solecisms and mendacities must presumably be itself an example of “misuse”, however ironic; the poet would therefore need endlessly to recombine his own language in such a way as always to reinvigorate that formidably indefinable thing, “the discourse” (18).

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