Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of poetry site UbuWeb and author of Seven American Deaths and Disasters explains his philosophy for writing poetry in the digital age in Dazed & Confused. In the feature he traces his relationship with poetry from its inception from drugs and drawing to reading for President Obama to grappling with quotidian and media-driven modern language.
“With my new book, Seven American Deaths and Disasters I wanted to find out: what are the words we use to describe something that we never thought we’d have to describe? So I transcribed historic American radio and television reports of national tragedies as they unfurled. The slick curtain of media was torn, revealing acrobatic linguistic improvisations.”
Here’s the full article:
Seven American Deaths and Disasters
by Kenneth Goldsmith