…The idea of an avant garde proposes that a
poet can clear a place at the literary fromtier
for his or her own–or change what a poem is,
and thereby change Culture, creating a new kind
of line, new syntax, new orchestrations of sound,
image and sense.
It makes the audience a collaborator, redefining what
a poem is, and can be.
…All movements in Art ultimately restrict themselves
to those rituals they have devised, and what
they have accustomed their audience to recognize.
The purpose of the avant garde is the Discomfiture
of those rituals.
Excuse me. I’d rather you read a poem.