Andrew Carruthers



Silénzio / Scienza: Registering 5 in Joan Retallack’s Errata 5uite

like choosing the parameters of speech1, Diane Ward, ‘Mediate’ (1992). Teaching Errorious Silence Joan Retallack describes her second major book, Errata 5uite, published with Edge Books (Washington, D.C.) in 1993, as a ‘silent suite.’ A five line prefatorial note defines, …

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Descort for Riotous Orchestra

(after Langston Hughes’s Chant for May Day) to be read by a Worker with, for background, the pulsating waves of a Mass Orchestra, multiplying its sounds like the roar of a mighty Cascade. WORKER:           10 …

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Review Short: Fiona Hile’s Novelties

NoveltiesIn Lacanian theory, ‘matheme’ and ‘patheme’ share an interesting correlation. While the matheme is, obviously, on the side of science, the patheme is part of the ‘logics’ of affect, whereby the body is an effect of language. Matheme and patheme don’t immediately have anything to do with sexual difference or ‘mechanistic’ versus ‘organicist’ understandings of the universe. There is nothing mysterious about the patheme. Rather, the patheme could be thought of as what the poem does to the poet’s body analogously to what a matheme does to a mathematician’s body: force it to work and, in some cases, give it pain.

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Andrew Carruthers Reviews Jessica Wilkinson

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In an intriguing vispo ‘Free Music,’ published here in Cordite in 2011, Jessica L. Wilkinson hangs a score. Hung, literally: for what is it about the musical score that gets hung up on text? What was the final sentence? No: hang the score, hang it, Wilkinson writes! Wilkinson’s visible labor is at work in the lower half of the piece, where letters are strung along lines: alphabetic versus diastemmatic (or neumic) notation.

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‘Xerographesis’: On Poetic Art and the Object in Amanda Stewart and Anne Tardos

Realism seems very S and M in its desires – Amanda Stewart, ‘Poetry Ideas’ What I write, as I have said before, could only be called poetry because there is no other category in which to put it. – Marianne …

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Wakeling, Frost and a Sydney Prelude

It is again with pleasure that I announce two additional editors to the Cordite masthead: assistant editor Zenobia Frost and interviews editor Corey Wakeling. As an assistant editor, Zenobia Frost will be involved in a variety of editorial duties. Zenobia …

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