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Statements - Everyone does it           [9 August 2007]

- Johan de Wit


Once is always closer to a shared response than a talking shop to an infestation of public ants even if sceptics claim that poetics is superior to any chief whip being tested or molested by cranks or supplied with drinks. The ins and outs of the future are being relayed through an impressive array of titled family connections to conduct the calibration of product placement. Still, the ancient game of using a word at random to open up speech and close down anticipation has been enlisted to teach incumbent poets that language when pleased supports poetry if placed on the menu, to the delight of all those present. Questions whether poetry is expensive, absurd or meaningless should be addressed to editors earning their keep with a deliberate provocation of conspicuous bargain hunters. Yes, poetry takes a mundane line and approves of first steps, second thoughts and third tantrums. Poetics is expected to follow poetry this side of the Atlantic, but this might change due to the prevailing winds, the reduced number of burnt-out cars found in the velvety pockets of unauthorised bystanders and if that was not enough, the undistinguished but glorified acceptance of lines of thought by the front desk would seal any desire for progress. [See you later when we both speak the same language!] The repercussions of poetry could explain the following: the presence in the population of language, the proliferation of words spread by moist lips and regrettable lapses of concentration and the desire of readers to use their topped-up oyster card as wafer. Poetic derailment is not the equivalent of linguistic estrangement any longer, even if the contours and sojourns of grammar and syntax are outlined in reverse order of the rise to power: sun blocks can always be applied and if so a rescheduling of modules should take place before a mixed blessing withdraws sense from speech as set out by artistic temperament. When the lines are open to the public, opinionated access to concessions and confessions are welcome and, if necessary, will be refunded in full.


Johan de Wit

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