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June 12, 2011


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I deeply admire Adorno's work but can the designation "sourpuss" be properly applied to him?

I've never been sure about this...

He did seem to get off on the wrong foot with folks a fair amount...

There always seems to be ten times as many words as are necessary in Derrida.

Derrida O Derrida come light the menorah. . .
Once I discovered that "Derrida" and "Hanukkah" are both dactyls, it made life much easier for me. I just substituted the latter for the former wherever and whenever.

Well there goes my all Derrida all week plans....

I believe in that "collective undercurrent," but don't want to equate it with "the whole". Is the worry that the undercurrent has dried up or become easy to avoid or fake? That a bunch of I's can't be bothered to say we and mean anything by it? I don't worry about numbers, but I do absolutely think when we write we're responsible to the particularity of our community of particularity, and that it must go beyond our poet friends and their poet poems. Great post! Looking forward to more.

Sam, I love the distinction you make between "cu" and "whole"! My worries are moving targets. And then there's O'Hara

"But how can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them. Improves them for what? For death? Why hurry them along? Too many poets act like a middle-aged mother trying to get her kids to eat too much cooked meat, and potatoes with drippings (tears)."

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