Luke Niebler

Personality Crisis.

Luke Niebler

Q: `Poet's , Is personality everything is Poetry ?

Update : `Sorry, Is personality everything in Poetry ? 

 

A: You touch on several interesting problems in the discourse of literature. To begin with, I applaud your decision to ignore traditional rules of English syntax; it is only by breaking the language that we can build a new way forward, even if we cannot truly escape the fetters of “grammar.” Your so-called “update” shows cowardice in the face of language, so I will ignore it.

 

What I appreciate about the wording in the original is that we have two interlocked statements joined by “everything,” both complete but reduced to nonsense when placed together. This reminds me of the complex interlocking syntax of Matthea Harvey’s poetic text Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. Like Harvey, you reveal concepts and words as interlocking systems rather than discrete signifiers with immutable meanings. I won’t even begin to address your avant-garde use of apostrophes.

 

As to your “query,” you seem to point to Foucault’s formulation of the author function in “What Is an Author?” Indeed, perhaps we can see the category of “personality” rather than “person” replacing authorship in contemporary literature. The “poet” only exists as a personality, an abstract form of an individual whose supposed life throws new meaning on a pre-existing body of work. The second half of your “query” points to an expansion of the poetic cannon, perhaps in a Dadaist tradition. If all things can be seen as always-already textual, who is to say that they are not poetic?

 

Therefore, yes, personality IS everything is Poetry! Follow your instincts and ignore the impulse to write anything that makes sense since you already have created a significant body of work today.