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clark coolidge on listening to tv & writing


As far as compositional processes, I think your readers are probably interested to know how you're working with materials. In the Lee Bartlett interview you talk about Ehrenzweig's theory of "de-differentiation" and the idea that "very little children and artists have a place in their head where they can keep many, many different particles in suspension, all ready to drop into place." Is that something you see yourself still doing?

That was just a statement or a bit of analysis that struck home; it felt right. I don't know how anyone could ever prove anything like that. It's not something that I consciously do, certainly, but it just felt like that's the condition. If you're really working, there are ways in which you can use a lot more different elements than you consciously could if you were sitting there going, "now I'll do this, now I'll do that, now I will reject this." So it almost seems like there would have to be something like that as a neurophysical mechanism, because otherwise how would one handle all that disparate material in a very short time?

Do you then sort of saturate yourself in source materials and then write, or do you have the materials out in front of you when you're writing?

It's not so conscious; I just always have these things going on. I'm always reading something, or watching a movie, or listening to music. And every day, let's say, I do some bit of all those three things, which impinges. With the Nameways poems, since I've lived here I've had this satellite TV and I get all the premium movie channels, so that's a tremendous input. It's very easy to do that, just turn that on and write literally while watching it. They're wonderful sources because you have everything: you have the sound, you have language, images, everything, so you can riff in and out of that. I find it very easy to do that.


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Thanks for the introduction, arka.

I think it's arbitrary the poem
shaped by idiots rising like a sun
thinking the universe doesn't get it...

I watch TV I'm no longer a Cherokee
just a live impersonation till the ceiling falls
join you then join you in bed maybe
I live in a borrowed multiplicity
my brothers are smoke


from "Settled In August"

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thnx chris. but i hate that poem that sort of poem of his. it shows coolidge imho at his self-indulgent insipid worst emoticon i do run with

]melencolia

arka

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I'll check out that other one,

Chris
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