Sunday, May 18, 2008

organic poetry ...

“Our languages are on the road to formal simplification, abbreviated, restricted forms of language are emerging .… Does this restricted and simplified use of language and writing mean the end of poetry? Certainly not. Restriction in the best sense – concentration and simplification – is the very essence of poetry. From this we ought perhaps to conclude that the language of today must have certain things in common with poetry, and that they should sustain each other both in form and substance. In the course of daily life this relationship often passes unnoticed. Headlines, slogans, groups of sounds and letters give rise to forms which could be models for a new poetry just waiting to be taken up for meaningful use. The aim of the new poetry is to give poetry an organic function in society again, and in doing so to restate the position of poet in society.”

(Eugen Gomringer, “From Line to Constellation.” Trans. Mike Weaver)

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