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SEVEN TYPES OF MARGINALITY

A review of HIDDEN AGENDAS: UNREPORTED POETICS, edited by Louis Armand, featuring Ali Alizadeh, Livio Beloi, Jeremy Davies, Stephan Delbos, Michel Delville, Johanna Drucker, Michael Farrel, Allen Fisher, D.J. Huppatz, Vincent Katz, Stephen Muecke, Jena Osman, Michael Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Kyle Schlesinger, Robert Shepperd, Stephanie Strickland, John Wilkinson (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2010). Reprinted from BIG BRIDGE, … Continue reading

IMPLIED OFFERINGS IN THIS UNIVERSE

ON THE WRITING OF LOUIS ARMAND, by JANE LEWTY (author of Bravura Cool). Republished from Thresholds, ed. David Vichnar (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011). Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled (Head),’ 1983. Reading across Louis Armand’s poetry is to hover over a landscape that shows “the cartography of remote sensing.” Dense with syntactic possibility, the poems nevertheless resist … Continue reading

WHOSE AFRAYED OF CHRISTINE BROOKE-ROSE? (2)

OR, TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BRITISH ENIGMA (Part 2) There is much usefulness in taking the following remark made by the author herself as a possible key to understanding Brooke-Rose’s fiction: I deal in discourses, in the discourses of the world, political, technological, scientific, psychoanalytical, philosophical, ideological, social, emotional, and all the rest, so that … Continue reading

WHOSE AFRAYED OF CHRISTINE BROOKE-ROSE? (1)

OR, TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BRITISH ENIGMA (Part ONE) Adapted from VLAK 3 (May 2012): 81-94. Photo: Christine Brooke-Rose, 1964   “The Great British Experimentalist You’ve Never Heard Of” was the title of Natalie Ferris’ obituary published in The Guardian two days after Christine Brooke-Rose’s death on March 21, 2012. Apart from other issues, Ferris’ graceful … Continue reading

FROM PRE-ARTICULATION TO PRE-FABRICATION

Although a late starter, publishing his first book no earlier than the revolutionary year, 1989 (already having reached the age of forty), with over 16 books over the next twenty years, Michal Ajvaz, novelist, poet, essayist and translator, has been one of the most prolific and influential Czech writers of the post-communist period. Although an … Continue reading

"Modernity today is not in the hands of the poets, but in the hands of the cops" // Louis Aragon
"It is the business of the future to be dangerous" // A.N. Whitehead

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
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