Thursday, March 21, 2013
On the individual-versus-society motif
Absurdism communicates a certain willingness to play with symbols that suggests a familiar ease with the world, with meaning, and with authority. This is the domain of elite class privilege, and particularly of white male privilege. We can go further still: absurdism not only reflects acquired status, it also enables access to that status. Mastering absurdism signals one’s ability to speak a certain class language; it flags participation in a distinctly white-collar world of college educated youth.
-- New Left Project, "The ‘Harlem Shake’ and the Western Illusion of Freedom"
Poets should get back to saying crazy shit
All of the time
I am sick of academics or businesspeople telling poets
What we should do...
-- Dorothea Lasky, "What Poets Should Do"
Pictured: Persephone supervising Sisyphus pushing his rock in the Underworld. Side A of an Attic black-figure amphora, ca. 530 BC.