4.26.2006

Tom Orange from Fascicle Issue 2

"The larger implications for Coolidge's work as a whole that I hope you can draw from this admittedly selective presentation are, as I see it, first, the understanding of language as a material object. This enables, second, a poetic trajectory from the late sixties to the middle seventies in which Coolidge moves from breaking language down to its rudimentary components in order to see what meanings and things can and cannot be made, to building up his own language anew. Clearly in Smithsonian Depositions that new language is not "his own" per se, having been appropriated from a variety of sources. But, third and finally, this appropriation affords Coolidge the opportunity to expand the field of what is proper to his writing; admitting an autobiographical, even confessional mode of address into his work here, he is laying the groundwork or seeking permission for the emergence of a speaking subject or "lyric I" that we find running from Own Face through to the poems begun as On the Nameways that Coolidge continues to work on today. "

Seems I can't link directly to this, so go here then scroll down to Tom Orange on Clark Coolidge.

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