Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Some nourishing (though I guess at this point not especially earth shattering) quotes in Mark Scroggins's Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge:
Both Zukofsky and Joyce wind in as many meanings as possible: both consequently cultivate an opacity of text—for if the text is to contain the world, then it must, like the world, in its quiddity stubbornly resist the hermeneutic act (Peter Quartermain, Disjunctive Poetics).
Poetry's special privilege emerges at exactly this point [when we realize that "language comprehends reality" and is "self-authorizing"], for poetry is that form of discourse whose only object is to allow language to display itself, to show how it lives. What was once named "God"—that being whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere—has died and been reborn in language (Jerome McGann, Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism).

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