Poetry as an Affective Media




I’m interested in what happens when sound, rather than image or voice or even message, becomes a dominant element of the poem. What kinds of information can that or any poetry carry? How can the metaphysical be accounted for in tactile terms? What happens when you take up derivative modes, like quotation or interpretation, to express primary processes and feeling? What are the aesthetic and ethical implications of that? And where is translation in all of this?

Peter Cole 

(Paris Review interview)



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