Thursday, 5 October 2000

From "Is Poetry the News?: The Poethics of the Found Text"

By Jena Osman.

[...] in all of these statements, there seems to be a necessary hope that pointing to language itself (particularly the language of war, media, and politics) is a first step toward action and change. But in what ways is that pointing poethical? Are there ways to point, to critique the topical world, the world of events, while at the same time maintaining the complexity of alternative “poethical” forms? Is there a way to have a poem do political work without preaching, monologing, speechifying, shutting down dialogue, or making use of absolutes and essentialisms? In other words, in what ways do words in poems make war, and in what ways do they make peace?

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