Archive for the poetry category

Time travel lore (5): ‘Victory Over the Sun’

Victory Over the Sun (1913) is a notorious specimen of Russian Futurism, a multimedia avant-garde opera that makes practically no sense. Wikipedia provides the basic information: “The libretto written in zaum language was contributed by Aleksei Kruchonykh, the music was written by Mikhail Matyushin, the prologue was added by Velimir Khlebnikov, and the stage designer […]

Word Rain

Circa 1970, when I was a teenager, my imagination became captivated by surrealism. Journeying multiple times a week to the main library in downtown Buffalo, New York, I sought out various books on the avant-garde art movements, not to mention pulling volumes off the shelves in “New Books” sections that aroused my curiosity. I still […]

Jerome McGann on Blake, Adorno, Poetry & Knowledge

Written May 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm McGann, Jerome J. Towards a Literature of Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Several years ago I collected a number of books by Jerome McGann, beginning with The Romantic Ideology. I put his Towards a Literature of Knowledge on my want list, but my attention turned elsewhere. I finally got hold […]

Paul Valéry, Jacques Bouveresse, Theodor Adorno

Jacques Bouveresse is a French philosopher who is invested in analytical philosophy, with a particular interest in Wittgenstein, and is out of step with the fashionable philosophy issuing from France since the 1960s. A fraction of his work has been translated into English. This article was of particular interest to me: Bouveresse, Jacques; Fournier, Christian […]