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Craig Dworkin

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Craig Dworkin: one of the chief practitioners/ champions/ thinkers of conceptual writing, who's own brilliant work often takes medium-reflexivity to its impossible conclusion. He has asked: “What would a non-expressive poetry look like? A poetry of intellect rather than emotion? One in which the substitutions at the heart of metaphor and image were replaced by the direct presentation of language itself, with "spontaneous overflow" supplanted by meticulous procedure and exhaustively logical process? In which the self-regard of the poet's ego were turned back onto the self-reflexive language of the poem itself? So that the test of poetry were no longer whether it could have been done better… but whether it could conceivably have been done otherwise.” Could we ask the same of music? Insanely expressive sound poetry and absurdly, arduously conceptual writing that asks us to reconsider what it means to read.

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