home, poet‎ > ‎work‎ > ‎


"INTIMATE JOURNAL," BY NICOLE BROSSARD, from the Poetry Project Newsletter 

INTERVIEW WITH JED RASULA, in THE ECO-LANGUAGE READER, published by Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs and Nightboat Books



VULCAN POETICS, talk delivered at Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism, sponsored by CUNY and Belladonna, Fall 2009 

"There was a time when I imagined writing an entire book absent the human presence — and I’m still very taken with this impossible and self-contradictory idea. It is impossible in the way that painting the “surface” of the cosmos is impossible, but I wanted to play with the idea of a poetry that was species independent or maybe at best species-neutral. This impulse came from a restlessness with the persistent retrograde anthro-centrism of poetry (another absurdly self-contradictory term, I realize), and an increasing discomfort with our notion of our “species position” and with the way language feeds into it. Maybe a better way to put it is that I had a desire to try to use this species-specific tool, language, in a project of repositioning the human subject within a new inter-species context."

from ECO-NOISE AND THE FLUX OF LUX, in The Eco-language Reader, Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs and Nightboat Books

"An ecopoetic silence fills the page as the Pequod descends to the ocean’s depths. The narcissistically-wounded captain has been destroyed. The polyglot crew (excepting, of course, Ishmael) is about to meet its end. Perched on the top of the mast, Tashtego, a descendent of the tribe that first encountered the Pilgrims, is the last to disappear, and along with him, a compendium of benighted metaphors: whiteness as soul, leviathan as human over-reaching, beast as mirror of the darkness in the human heart. In this exceptionally strange piece of post-enlightenment writing, all such figures, if they were ever truly light, go implacably dark. 

So, ecopoetics: All that human use of the word 'n/Nature' makes and has made possible. Confusions, covers, complicities. Starting perhaps with the history of naming and separation, with the concept of original sin reinterpreted as the self-separation of humans 'from.' For with naming, comes the subject-who-names as well as the object-that-is-subjected-to-naming, and the cost, as Adorno and Horkheimer put it, to the namers, who 'pay for this increase of their power with alienation from that over which they exercise their power.' 

Thus, self-expulsion from the garden, via our divorce from the rest of nature (in one story). 

Thus, ship-wreck of the self-separated in delusions of transcendent grandeur (in another)." 

Subpages (2): brossard OMNIVERSE