Friday, October 29, 2010

Poetry by Other Means in the New Century

"What is the place of individual genius in a global world of hyper-information - a world in which, as Walter Benjamin predicted more than seventy years ago, everyone is potentially an author? For poets in such a climate, 'originality' begins to take a back seat to what can be done with other people's words - framing, citing, recycling, and otherwise mediating available words and sentences, and sometimes entire texts."

From the synopsis of Unoriginal Genius by Marjorie Perloff.

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