Research Extract #1: Sensation, Contemporary Poetry and Deleuze

“Innovative poetry is of the tendency towards the absolute threshold. This is the best meaning of the term ‘innovative.’ It is a poetry that is of capitalism’s innovative tendency, that is to say of capitalism’s revolutionary tendency that would ideally move beyond its own thresholds altogether and that potentially prefigures the possibility of something other than capitalism itself. It is in this sense that innovative poetry is both entirely of capitalism, and is even in a certain sense the fulfilment of bourgeois poetry, while at the same time being inimical to the bourgeois epoch itself. On its own aesthetic terms (terms which, acting alone, continue to have minimal force and which act primarily to indicate potentialities, even though they produce real if miniscule changes in the world), innovative poetry attempts to move beyond the bourgeois epoch that produces it” (Jon Clay, Sensation, Contemporary Poetry and Deleuze: Transformative Intensities)


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