10 may. 2008

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*Clark Coolidge. Ing. 1968. no pagination.


One of the only books of poetry named after a morpheme. The early, abstract Coolidge has its peculiar charm, as in this collector's item with a cover by Guston.

"ing" is a recurring syllable here, in a book that breaks language down to the level of morpheme and syllable. He likes to suggests words by cutting them off "taneity" inevitably suggests "spontaneity," for example. "straction" is "abstraction."

2 comentarios:

John dijo...

Without context, I thought, "simultaneity."

"Distraction."

I used "struction" in a song once.

"Struction romp through force and feel,
Burning hotter than a strudel.
How much farce do steakbake yield?
Just can't get it through my noodle."

michael dijo...

tmesis (known in Virgilius Maro of Toulouse as "ars scissendi") never had it so good.

m.