[New-Poetry] saying the obvious yet again
barry.spacks at verizon.net
Fri Dec 17 15:50:03 EST 2010
On Dec 16, 2010, at 5:37 PM, Bob G. wrote:
> After all, people are still painting pictures
> and making statues even though, some swine made up names for each of
> two major forms of visual art.
The problem lies with politically motivated name-calling declared
to be merely descriptively taxonomic, as you well know, Bob, being
the local master of the process.
I'm all for the value-free Periodic Table, and for convenience one
wish to categorize this or that as sculpture versus painting
(though in these
post-modern, kaleidoscopic days in the visual as well as other
arts -- v. environments, use of video, performances -- generic
are wildly crossed.
You'd think it would suit your purposes to declare lesser known
styles and effects at home under the single generic category
Sure, call a sonnet a sonnet, no party-line value judgement implied
(though even here what to do with 15-line sonnets, unrhymed sonnets,
curtal poems achieving sonnet-like effects? Oddities?).
I was entirely serious in suggesting -- if one must cut and dice --
Poetry / Oddities as a less proscriptive scheme (even make that
Art / Oddities) than those you so persistently strive to enforce.
It's the not so hidden sneer in the labeling, Bob, that gets some
folks stirred up in the age of Fox and the perfection of the Big Lie
theory of power-sway.
yearning to be able to sign off "respectfully,"
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