Blind in a Good Way: The Cunningham Mesostics as Love Poems

As I have noted in a previous entry, it has become typical to read the Cunningham mesostics as experimental love poems. Andy Weaver, in “Writing Through Merce: John Cage’s Silence, Differends, and Avant-Garde Idioms,” argues that the sequence “openly enacts Cage’s love for Cunningham” since the poems both “show Cage’s intimate knowledge of Cunningham’s aestheticsContinue reading “Blind in a Good Way: The Cunningham Mesostics as Love Poems”

“Simply Something to Do”: The Cunningham Mesostics Beyond Use Value

If the primary concern of the Cunningham mesostics, then, is to engage the reader not in narrative or even logical sense, but rather in a comunis of acute attention to language, then this raises a number of questions: what is the purpose of such a poem, if not to communicate a message? and, if CageContinue reading ““Simply Something to Do”: The Cunningham Mesostics Beyond Use Value”

Noisy Inging: The “62 Mesostics re Merce Cunningham” as Anti-Exegesis

Cage’s oft-overlooked poetic sequence, “62 Mesostics re Merce Cunningham,” is written entirely in what my last entry described as “noise” – in particular, sematic noise, in which the semantic sense that would be conveyed by the convergence of phonemes and morphemes is disrupted. The sequence is made up of sixty-two mesostic poems (a mesostic isContinue reading “Noisy Inging: The “62 Mesostics re Merce Cunningham” as Anti-Exegesis”

Cagean Silence and the Comunis of Communication

Before I get into my readings of John Cage’s poetic sequence, “62 Mesostics re Merce Cunningham,” I would like to begin where many scholars start their work on Cage: with his silence. Silence is central to an understanding of Cage’s work (in poetry, in prose, in music, in visual art), and it has been aContinue reading “Cagean Silence and the Comunis of Communication”


The Desiring Machines driving & God & does & gaits & does & given” & desiring-machines. & go & do & Given & description & glows,/ & does & general & distinctions, & glaring, & delirium– & goal & D.H. & goal. & desiring-machines, & governing & draws & grafted & desiring-production & going &Continue reading “HOW TO DO THINGS WITH DELEUZE & GUATTARI: Anti-Oedipus”

Footnotes: Introduction

1. This humanism is perhaps most evident in anarcho-syndicalists following in the tradition of Max Stirner, or the staunch individualism of William Godwin, and, much later, Emma Goldman. It is also clearly evident in the deference to human nature of anarchists like Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. But, elements of a primal humanism are still present even inContinue reading “Footnotes: Introduction”

Appendix(n): A Treatise on the Dissertation Form

As a digital, hypertextual project, my dissertation is made up of twelve sections (you are approaching the end of the first, there will be one more for each primary author). Each section is approximately twenty-five to thirty print-pages, and each shares three primary concerns: how is authorship contrived, complicated, or restricted? how is the commonalityContinue reading “Appendix(n): A Treatise on the Dissertation Form”

What Does a Postanarchist Literary Theory Look Like?: Hypertext

To account for both the aesthetic and political anarchism of experimental form, and to attempt to recreate the common through engagement with reader, writer, and critic, my dissertation itself takes on an experimental form, which I will touch on briefly now, but will explain in greater detail in my treatise on the dissertation form atContinue reading “What Does a Postanarchist Literary Theory Look Like?: Hypertext”