Hey Imagist Poets – Give Images a Try
The title is my dopey rendering of a question that has been repeated for decades. In an earlier “Privileged View” post I visited photography’s tricky relation to narrative. But how about poetry? It seems to me, that beginning in the 1950s a most significant and lasting thread among the aesthetic projects of photography has been an evolving poetics of imagism.
The Imagist Abides: The imagist thread of photograph publication has not been a noisy practice, but in its decades beneath the racket of style and theory, it maintains a substantial continuity. Above, on my studio carpet is Return Your Mind to its Upright Position by Nathan Lyons, with an afterword by Alex Sweetman. –August 2014.
Ernest Fenollosa’s essay, “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry” alleged that the Chinese ideogram was the least abstract medium for poetry because it was rooted in a direct...
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