Re: Experimental fiction

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Posted by HKL on November 22, 2017 at 12:05:11:

In Reply to: Re: Experimental fiction posted by BillMe on November 21, 2017 at 11:28:14:

: : : : I expect I already know the answer to this questions (no), but has anybody on this forum read Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson? If so, what do you think?

: : : What about "conceptual" writing, such as the writing of Kenneth Goldsmith? What do those on this forum think of "appropriated" texts?

: : Because it is called "poetry," most will compare it to traditional poetry; that is, one person's personal statement. But depending on how it is configured, it may be that kind of personal statement - in the same sense as performance art.

: Many "real" poets are resentful that these "conceptual" poets are getting all the headlines. Personally, I don't think "real" poetry or not real poetry is the issue. I think the people who are paying so much attention to them are people that are not really interested in poetry.

On the other hand, it is bringing a lot of new attention to poetry itself; that is, the issue of just what is poetry? In the twentieth century, the boundaries of what can be defined as "poetry" got greatly expanded. Now it is being expanded even further, maybe too far?

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