I went to Anne Carson’s “String Talks” reading at NYU on a night just like this one last year. Your class as well as her performance, a series of short readings / prose poems / personal essays lasting no more than 13 second each which she titled “Short Talks,” left me with the following considerations:
Consider: Gestalt psychology. The relation of the body to personal narrative. Particularly the use of the body in recovering narratives of trauma.
Consider: The process of image consolidation and its relationship to archetype.
Consider: The role of the father figure.
Consider: Small balls of string.
Consider: Why people buy glossy art magazines? Co-consideration: I am thinking of calculating the ratio of full-page glossy ads from various galleries to actual text and calling this the “critic factor, a small death and other acts of terrorism.”
Consider: Is it possible to create art without judgment? What would a non-judgmental text look like?
Consider: Point of view.
Consider: The functional use of O’Hara’s “Personism.” Is this established in a reading where the audience participates? How can we alter a performance as viewers? Is it possible to have this type of “live space” in a written text? How does it translate?
Consider: The relationship of mantra to artistic repetition. Where does interiority become recursive?
Consider: How can I write a poem via the telephone?
Consider: Magnetic fields.
Consider: The manipulation of audience and the power of attention. How can performance subvert expectations? How is discomfort related to the pleasure principle?