other peoples poetry, poetry

on disaster and poetry

“Who is the Author of Disaster?
For an answer, read
The Book of Nature or
a woman’s face.”

Disaster shuts down language. Disaster cannot be fathomed. Disaster stops all speech because the suffering it causes is so total and complete….

Does disaster really render language inadequate? What is its relation to the language of poetry in particular? In 1965, cultural critic Theodor Adorno asserted that “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” Disaster is so often discussed in terms of silence and the inability to speak, but I want to think about how disaster produces speech, writing, and testimony and how disaster is reproduced through language. I’m not talking about disaster as metaphor in poetry but about a poetry that arises in direct response to a disaster, a poetry of disaster.

Nicole Cooley

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poetry

Shazam

I turn up the song
so that I can
Shazam it

those apartments have
been repainted they
were never gray
before

I don’t know how I
feel about this song,
it’s alright I
guess?

I’m still deciding if
I think the words
are too
obvious but

the baseline
reminds me of
2001
so I think I’ll
keep it

Standard
poetry

blueberries

I sat
in the passengers seat
watching you
watch me
hoping that
you might
be

I ate
blueberries
in amounts
that should
sicken
the strongest
of stomachs

they made
me feel
invincible
and healthy
and fast
and small

Is this really it?
IS this where I get off?

I sat
in the passengers seat
eating
blueberries
for miles
and miles
and miles

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