On June 14 I I was lucky enough to lecture in Rio as part of the magnificent series Forma E Sentido: Poesia Contemporano, organized by Gil Lopes and Antonio Cicero. The series included talks by Tzvetan Todorov, Michel Deguy, and José Miguel Wisnik. Photographs and videos of my talk on Marcel Duchamp, which was offered [...]
Visit Jacket2 for a video of my talk on Duchamp at the Kelly Writers House this past week. Here is Al Filreis’s description: Marjorie Perloff visited the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia for most of four days this week – as a Kelly Writers House Fellow. For three hours on Monday, she met with 21 [...]
The Detours of Tradition and the Persistence of Individual Talent
Published in T.S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition, ed. Giovanni Cianci and Jason Harding, Cambridge University Press (2007).
T. S. Eliot and Marcel Duchamp: literary and art historians have placed these two artists, whose chronologies (Eliot: 1887-1968; Duchamp 1885-1962) overlap so neatly, at the opposite poles of Modernist aesthetic. Eliot, so the standard narrative goes […]
Paideuma, 32, 1-3 (2003), 205-28. Also in Ezra Pound and Referentiality (Paris; Presses de l’UniversitÈ de Paris-Sorbonne, 2003): 191-210.
but Wanjina is, shall we say, Ouan Jin
or the man with an education
and whose mouth was removed by his father
because he made too many things
whereby cluttered the bushman’s baggage.
Published in American Letters & Commentary (2002): 18-23.
–Good writers are those that keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. . . .
The fogged language of swindling classes serves only a temporary purpose. . . .
A people that grows accustomed to sloppy writing is a people in process of losing grip on its
AVANT-GARDE TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALENT
Stanford Humanities Review, 7.1 (1999): 48-78Trans into Portugese, in “Leituras do ciclo, ed. Ana Luiza Andrade, MariaLucia de Barros Camargo, Raul Antelo (Santa Catarina: Editora Grifos, 199),pp. 23-44.
At a Dada exhibition in Dusseldorf, I was impressed that though Schwitters and Picabia and the others had all become artists with the passing of time, Duchamp’s work remained […]
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