Friday, September 28, 2007

Who needs to succeed?

"Who needs to succeed, when failure is considered both inevitable and acceptable?" -- Christian Bök Writing and Failure (Part 8)

(Laura (Riding) Jackson, is certainly the one to turn to on the subject of poetry and failure; in fact, just published is an extrapolation of her opus The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language. She famously argued that the truth begins where poetry ends and rejected the authoritative character and attached to the "poet-role." Is something like her renunciation of poetry - what she calls her "discontinuance of being a poet" - a logical extension of some of the remarks in Bök's thread??)

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