by Barrett Watten
The focus on Barrett Watten's oeuvre in the most recent issue of Aerial
has fomented a reexamination of several of his pivotal poetical texts,
such as the remarkable mid-eighties achievement of Progress:
"Here shows an author himself
With the head tilted back
Locking in a prolonged seizure . . . ."
"An angry farmer carrying a book
And a stick,
to learn what
An imperialist in Taiwan is,
Why not remember the lesson . . . "
"Progress is a writing politics."
- Andrew Ross
Of Watten's Plasma/Paralleles/"X":
"These works argue for finer thought, by being so, poetic processes set
in motion that manufacture fresh distillates, achieved particulars." - Geoffrey Young
Of Watten's Critical Writing:
"Total Syntax is a primary text for any understanding of the determining
politics of the world in which we live, literally -- because poetics as
politics is the determining imagination . . . .He has done what I had
begun to think impossible . . . made articulate and accessible the
decisive activity of our present writing."
- Robert Creeley
Publication date: September 1985
Out of Print