Talk To Me: Flarf vs Conceptual Writing

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

There is still an American Avant-Garde in poetry!

As part of the Jenny Holzer exhibition PROTECT PROTECT at the Whitney Museum, poet Kenneth Goldsmith organized a panel of eight poets associated with two living breathing movements in poetry — the Flarf Collective and Conceptual Writing. Goldsmith describes the new works as responses to our digital age, a “poetics of flux, celebrating instability and uncertainty.”

For the panel he staged a faux battle between the two movements, featuring poets Christian Bök, Nada Gordon, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammad, Kim Rosenfield, Gary Sullivan and Darren Wershler. If you listen to the end, you can hear WNYC’s Pejk Malinovski speaking with these poets after the reading.

More: The new Flarf movement explained on Studio 360.

Comment: Do you agree with Kenny G’s explanation of the differences between Flarf and Conceptual Poetry? How would you explain it?


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Talk to Me brings you downloadable readings and conversations with writers, artists, and scholars – from author Joshua Ferris to choreographer Mark Morris to poet Sharon Olds – recorded at cultural institutions in New York City and beyond. Stream, download, or subscribe to the full-length podcasts here.


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