Reading uncreative writing: conceptual poetry, reading practices and God's word

Over the few decades a new kind of avant-garde writing has come to prominence in North America and around the world, fitting itself into the contours of what we call the postmodern condition. Labelled conceptual poetry, or conceptual writing, this kind of art rejects Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s description of poetry as ‘the best words in their best order.’ Rather, conceptual poetry emphasises things like procedural anti-lyrical formalism, an ‘unboringly boring’ aesthetic as well as the wholesale appropriation and remediation of other texts.

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