Steve Evans divides sound from its source (on recording). Later that evening, he records dinner chatter. Bhanu puts the iPhone up to my mouth, as I take a bite of curry chicken.
Disposable communication: Discuss. Or toss.
What is the infrastructure of poetry: Jen Scappettone.
Brian Kitely: Language always an abbreviation. Quotes Steve Evans: Mimesis is tied to conformity. References Mary Douglas' Thinking in Circles. See this.
Later in class, we try to unpack ring narrative (ABCBA), and I think of spirals and a slinky. Janna states these are different than rings, and she may be right.
We discuss Euclidean geometry (in a very rudimentary way, mind you). I draw a water tower on the board: triangle, square, half circle, three lines (as in a vanishing point)--in order to contrast fractals. Then Genevieve draws a snowflake. We discuss Retallack's notions of fractal poetics in relation to Stein: language as coastline, as site of transformative exchange.
This is a border incident, the unfolding of "narrative" at the site of transgressions. Complex systems intersecting.
If "a sentence is an interval" (Stein), a break or gap that intervenes time/space, then is the poem a series of non-continuous moments intersecting narrative? Suddenly an image comes to mind: pick-up sticks.
I'll end with Samuel Beckett: find a form that accommodates the mess.