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Waiting for Good: Transgression, Down-shouting, and Ethical Readership

by Shane Neilson

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Kenneth Goldsmith’s infamous performance of Michael Brown’s body is, well, stupid and wrong but is also, I think, something that can be generative. I didn’t like the performance,


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“Responsibility to the Word” et al.: Four Lessons Derek Walcott Didn’t Mean to Teach Me about Conceptualism

by Andy Verboom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

1. I am responsible to others and responsible for my words.

This is one thing I learned from late-great formalist poet Derek Walcott—despite his best pulpit thunder on the poet’s “responsibility to the word”—and it’s a lesson that has come to inform my understanding of Conceptual poetics.


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Writing (About) Other People: Notional Ekphrasis and Parafiction in the Hospital Gift Shop

by Trevor Abes

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

As a writer who nerds out on visual and performance art but who can’t paint, draw, sculpt, or act for shit, I’ve devised a book project provisionally titled The New Frontiers of Conceptual Art.