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We who are mightily offended by redactive poetry.

November 28, 2010 \am\30 10:00 am

Redactive poetry, or poetry created by the erasure or removal of words from existing works, is a pretty hip thing in many circles. It’s given us such works as Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os. Heck, scholars say it’s probably legal.

Don’t tell that to the kids on Tumblr, though. A guy named Sean Donovan created this redactive work from a page from To Kill a Mockingbird and posted it to a site called Newspaper Blackout and the kids went nuts because he wroted in marker on an book that caused them emotions. Examples herehere and here.

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5 Comments
  1. November 29, 2010 \pm\30 5:35 pm 5:35 pm

    The medium is not the art form. This is still useless crap. But I suppose we’re supposed to celebrate every new method for generating useless crap?

    It seems that nobody knows how to read anymore–especially poetry ‘enthusiasts.’

  2. November 29, 2010 \pm\30 5:41 pm 5:41 pm

    Oh and of course you moderate comments. And yet, you want people to ‘support the arts, yo!’ Isn’t that like supporting ‘big brother’ in your worldview? Be a passive recipient of supposed ‘inspiration,’ and thwart dialogue?

    How the hell do idiots like the aforementioned hack get hyped anyhow? I’m at least a million times better than the cited examples and I do something way harder–found poems off random twitter feeds, written for coherence. This article just reminds me that talent is irrelevant in the art-hype scene.

    I know, I’m just supposed to eat shit, shut up, and wait for some popular idiot to shill my writing.

    I guess this message is just for you (admin), because you will doubtless dump this note in the memory hole.

    • Richard D. Allen permalink
      November 30, 2010 \pm\30 12:22 pm 12:22 pm

      I honestly have no idea where you got the idea that: 1) our message is “support the arts, yo” 2) we are “celebrating” this method 3) we are “hyping” this “hack.” Donovan was just another guy messing around with words and images on a poetry blog. What’s interesting about the incident is the reaction his work unintentionally elicited.

      Thanks for the link to your blog – I like that you have ads on a poetry blog and have already packaged your work for the Kindle. Nor being sarcastic.

  3. November 29, 2010 \pm\30 6:46 pm 6:46 pm

    Jesus, Khakjaan. Lighten up. The comments are moderated because they are. And sometimes they take, like, an hour or two to get approved.

  4. December 1, 2010 \am\31 12:48 am 12:48 am

    Along these lines, the English artist Tom Phillips’s treated book, “A Humament,” is a brilliant piece of work. It looks to be available now as an app.

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