Posts Tagged ‘ formalism ’

Beauty by Ariana Reines – Poems | Academy of American Poets


            Je suis belle, ô mortels! comme un rêve de pierre

These poisoned sensations have to be
Accepted if they’re to be
Overcome. Looking
Up calories on my phone

Not that I’m counting
Don’t even like numbers
It’s something vestigial
It comes in bad minutes

To teach my body something’s in control
Something little & unholy, wrong idea
Of information, chiseling a transparent minute
Into myself with the afterimage of a form

If I did this kind of thing
On the bigger machine it’d be
Worse. Worse
Things than this are bombing

The world. A terrible
Fate is coming to power tomorrow. I’m reading
The early poems of Sherman Alexie. Desolation
Of secular life. I remember the luxury of speculating

All mystical traditions grew up
In the souls of a disciplined few
Turned in on themselves while under
Occupation by tyrants. That was then. This

Morning I could see one comfort: to become rock
Hard. Could imagine one comfort:
To have become rock. I had no
Imagination. I had his. I had theirs. “Formalism

& grammar are ways to be thin…” masochism
Merely thought of, the idea of a calorie
Most boring way to feel womanly doing itself to me
This morning I was panicking, burning, I was desperate

Scanning the body of my bedfellow
Its beautiful cheeks & chin
& long smooth abdomen
My silence growing fat like an old fruit

Still making me sick
It makes me sick I longed
For the wrong thing
I longed for death. I dreamed of stone

Source: Beauty by Ariana Reines – Poems | Academy of American Poets

Confessionalism Birthed from Feminism | Coldfront

Adrienne Rich

Confessionalism Birthed from Feminism | Coldfront.

Art Post-LaBeouf — Medium

Thanks to Maxwell Clark ~

Art Post-LaBeouf The hermeneutics of cryptocurrency as conceptual poetry in networked society

In “Art After Philosophy” (1969), Joseph Kosuth argued that since Duchamp the value of conceptual art, as opposed to formalist art that is valued for its beauty, is “weighed according to how much [it] questioned the nature of art.” A new work of conceptual art can be characterized as a new proposition about what art is. If the artist is successful, we accept their demonstration as proof and expand our concept of what art can be.