11.14.2011

experimental

some prefer innovative, but I wonder if anything is truly new -- some things are, but... --- language, modestly so -- the experiment has to do with process-based poetry, and the problem with a lot of experimental poetry is that the poet isn't particularly good at setting up a good test/experiment/process/project -- there's a divergence between intention and outcome that tends to yield something more random/chance-based than good literature. Flarf was one attempt to address that, where the chance was essentially front-loaded, but