LINKS AND RESOLUTION

Sebald’s

Spectral

Un/hyper/de-

Reality

………………..

Lyotard’s “No

Representation,only

Simulation”-

Life as a

Simalcrum,

A Mirror of a

Mirror

…………

{“decayetude” would be a more suitable place for this, you would think}

But we can have

The courage

To PLAY

With these

Reflections

Of reality.

We can

RE-WRITE the

“Grand Narratives”

In our OWN name.

We can

Reclaim

Redeem

Recuperate

Gay Literature

And History.

………………..

Next, we

Demolish this

Alternative

Parallel

Narrative;

And set up

Queer Theory,

Where EVERYTHNG

IS

Deconstructed,

Everything implies

Its

Opposite;

Everything is

OTHER and

Different….

……………………………

But havent we gone

Full circle

Here?

Don’t we all

Need our own

Internal,

Subjective

Personal

Internal narrative,

CONSOLIDATED, by,

For example,

A gay history

And anti-hegemonic

Tradition;

In whose footsteps,

NOT so spectral now,

(Pace Sebald’s

Kafka/kafka),

When uncovered and

Re-claimed,

We tread with

A sense of

BELONGING.

…………………………….

That is the route

I choose

Reality

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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2 Responses to LINKS AND RESOLUTION

  1. Merry says:

    Heady. Very interesting. But I feel inadequate to comment on the progression of ideas in the poem (lack of education, plus, at the moment, worse brain fog than usual). But while browsing at newpages.com this morning, I found a discussion of gay poetics and politics going on this summer at Beloit Poetry Journal:

    http://www.bpj.org/poems/symposium_61-4.pdf#zoom=100

    The above is called a symposium, and some of the material repeats on the journal’s blog Poets’ Forum (June) with comments from readers

    :http://blog.bpj.org/2011_06_01_archive.html

    The discussion continues at the blog in July.

    http://blog.bpj.org/2011/07/jenny-johnson-on-aria.html

    Steve, I know you’ve got more than enough to read right now (and I see from what you’ve just written at Decayetude that you are thinking about gay fiction this morning), but I post this for future reference.

    Love, Merry

  2. decayetude says:

    Merry, gay poetics hey, ? Sounds exquisite; will check out the links; yes, having a critical theory phase a ce moment; very refreshing take on ALL kinds of lit: eg check out wiki summary of deconstructionism; certainly makes u read , eg Nineteenth women writers, in a different light, one good idea being :Wuthering Heights” with Heathcliffe being the unclaimed, repressed part of “Cathy”;ie. people are incomplete and inhabit different psychological places at once in a sort of literary equivalent of counterpoint(different voices at the same time); it led to feminist theory and lesbian and gay and queer theory in that it didnt say male was more important than female and straight more important than gay.Anyway, this is too reductive a summary but hope u get idea. I do find it opens new enriching vistas of appreciation of certain hitherto male heterosexual-claimed women and gay writers/characters in the way we read them; rather than being a block to liberated reading; it opens up subjective response, rather than closing it down, ie. YOUR personal reaction to a piece of writing. Anyway, enough lecturing:)!Love Steve

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