Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flarf is a one-trick pony that thinks a unicorn is another kind of horse

Flarf is a one-trick pony that thinks a unicorn is another kind of horse

Thanks to Vanessa Place for the following. Given that a few days ago we had the response to this piece offered recently at AWP here on Harriet, it seems important to post the original text for your consideration. I think this clears the matter doesn’t it?

1. Conceptualism asks what is poetry?
1. Flarf says sez you!
2. Flarf is never about anything other than poetry itself.
2. Conceptualism is allegorical. It is about things other than poetry itself.
3. Flarf is the court jester. As such, it is still a member of the court.
3. Conceptualism courts jest, but is not the king’s dog.
4. Flarf is composition.
4. Conceptualism is composed.
5. Conceptualism employs a variety of techniques that compromise and complicate the question of excess text, of unreadability, of extra-textual narrativity, of the need for and love of categories and the acategorical, of the false and adored divide between praxis and other praxis, addition and subtraction, theory and things with two types of teeth.
5. Flarf is a one-trick pony that thinks a unicorn is another kind of horse.

2 comments:

Roz said...

I enjoyed this, along with the counter-response. Can this be made into a t-shirt?

nikki reimer said...

I'd wear it.