Saturday, October 16, 2010

Steve McCaffery's Selected

One of the more impressive, and necessary volumes to come out of the excellent WLU Series, McCaffery's selected (one of my few regrets about Open Field is not including McCaffery). Perhaps for the new edition. In any case, here's a little blurb from the afterward for your consideration:
I’ve always retained from my reading of Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse” one important precept: the structural importance of kinetics to the revelation and disappearance of meaning (his notions of “breath” and “energy” do not factor in my work but importance of kinetics does). Speed is essential to the structure of “Lag” and the finite recombinations that make up “An Effect of Cellophane”.
You can read the entire text here. McCaffery's wit has impacted a certain strand of CanLit, and it;s one to aim for. The tricks are never empty. The Pope pronounces daffodil and the sneeze is "so thick" Samuel Johnson reappears beside a different set of mah jong tiles... A different set? Love the way so many various spaces are conjured with such little precise gestures. That's the speed.

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