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Conceptual Coda Vanessa Place

Get Traumatized: Reading Statement of Facts as Binge-Watching Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

As with my second plateau on Goldsmith, I am interested in the ways that the reader of Statement of Facts is made less free in the process of his or her reading. Obviously, this argument is a controversial one; after all, conceptualism is predicated on the lack of intention on the part of the author, […]

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Conceptual Coda Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place: Stating Authoritatively

The first book in Vanessa Place’s Tragodía trilogy, Statement of Facts, has—like the Goldsmith text of my last section—caused quite a stir in the poetry community. Place is a poet who works her day job as a lawyer representing sex offenders, and Statement of Facts sees her reframing the narratives of her work, appropriated from […]

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Conceptual Coda Kenneth Goldsmith

The Wizard of Soliloquy: Affect and the Digital Conceptual Text

In Uncreative Writing, Goldsmith cites Marjorie Perloff’s idea in Unoriginal Genius that an updated concept of literary genius would account for “one’s mastery of information and its dissemination” (1), and would thus have nothing to do with the dissemination or transport of affect, emotion, or feeling. In many ways, Goldsmith’s numerous poetic projects carried out […]

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Conceptual Coda Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith’s “truly populist” Soliloquy

I would like to start to bring this project to a close by way of a coda on conceptual writing, which will last for the next four weeks and will include two five-page discussions on each of the following four poets commonly associated with the conceptual school: Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Christian Bök, and Darren […]

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Erin Moure

On Pillage Laud as :(){ :|:&; };:

In the first essay proper included in My Beloved Wager, “The Anti-Anæsthetic,” Erin Moure navigates the impossible and contradictory spaces of the writing self in poetry. In my final plateau on her work, Pillage Laud, I would like to focus primarily on this poetics piece—while, at times, dipping into other essays included in this collection—to […]

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Appendices

Post Delay

I’m taking this week off posting because I’m busy away at the DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) at the University of Victoria. Posts will resume next week. Thanks for your patience.