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Resentful accusations of “dif¤culty” in poetry, commonly associated with modernism, usually mean that the reader (critic) doesn’t want poetry to think. This attitude consigns the poem to a kind of hotel8. See John Koethe, whose “Contrary Impulses: The Tension between Poetry and Theory” addressed diverging practices in American poetry with unusual clarity in 1991. Charting a zone divided between workshop personalism and the language poets, with deconstruction as the theoretical burden inducing the most stress for poetry, he advocated “a poetics [that] would neither reject the domain of subjectivity, as deconstruction does, nor try to incorporate it into the domain of the objective, as the poetics of authenticity tries to do” (49).

See John Koethe, whose “Contrary Impulses: The Tension between Poetry and Theory” addressed diverging practices in American poetry with unusual clarity in 1991. Charting a zone divided between workshop personalism and the language poets, with deconstruction as the theoretical burden inducing the most stress for poetry, he advocated “a poetics [that] would neither reject the domain of subjectivity, as deconstruction does, nor try to incorporate it into the domain of the objective, as the poetics of authenticity tries to do” (49).

Might it not be the case that this says something, instead, about functionality, attesting to the scope of functional requirements permeating even the deepest levels of subjectivity? Theodor Adorno said of art as such that it is anarchic, since it harbors the dream in a functionalist society of having no function. Its function is to have no function, and this, he thought, preserved the image of utopia. The issue of innovation, I think, necessarily arises from this prospect. In the face of so many incitements to functionality—serve and protect—it takes a tremendous effort to detach the cognitive and affective powers from the herding instinct to belong; to divert these powers along nonremunerative channels; and to focus on the materiality of language as at once 40 chapter 1 compromised yet happily received, in the precarious poetic labor of reconvening the world from scratch.

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