Make it NEW vs. make IT new

lauterbach pound

Ann Lauterbach:  “Poets and other artists have been concentrating on, drawing attention to, the relation between the HOW and the WHAT of artmaking throughout the 20th century.
“It is what we do.
“In re/citations of Ezra Pound’s injunction to “make it new” emphasis has invariably fallen on the word “new,” the word that most conjures the operations of commerce and capitalism in this that was “the American century”.
“… We have ignored the other two words, MAKE, and IT, as if they were of no significance.
“… For me, the “it” is the fragment of reality out of which we each make our poems.
[It] is not an entity, not a thing, but a force around which everything else swirls.”

–From “Poetic Statement: As (It) Is: Toward a Poetics of the Whole Fragment,”
in “American women poets in the 21st century: Where lyric meets Language,”
Claudia Rankine & Juliana Spahr, Eds.,
Wesleyan U Press, 2002

Ann Lauterbach EPC page

Poets.org page

PennSound page

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s