Monday, 22 May 2000

From "The Honolulu Advertiser"

DOES READING ABOUT RUMSFELD'S EVASIVE USE OF LANGUAGE CONNECT TO TINFISH'S EMPHASIS ON LANGUAGE POETRY, WHICH IS OFTEN RESISTANT TO INTERPRETATION?

Rumsfeld wants to get people off his scent so he can do things. The poetry in Tinfish is the scent, you could say — it's really trying to get you deep into a cultural moment or political moment, or just into how language works. That's why I find Rumsfeld so spooky, and why I think Tinfish is so necessary.

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