There are some books you wish you had come across sooner…
As the letters empty and reverse themselves, becoming their outlines, their own shadows, the reader sees and/or establishes connections between the images: “anybody looking at something,” Nichol has said, “takes a path through it, and that creates a narrative. So the best you can hope for is to present a text which demands of the reader that they organize it themselves.”
Stephen Scobie. bpNichol: What History Teaches. p. 50.
You see from 1968 on we really got obsessed with trying to get to a non-narrative prose. Was it possible? Steve [McCaffery] and I finally came to see that, no, it was totally impossible. In fact, anybody looking at something, takes a path through it, and that creates a narrative. So the best you can hope for is to present a text which demands of the reader that they organize it themselves.
Caroline Bayard and Jack David. Out-posts / Avant-postes p. 27. [interview with bpNicol]
La seule vérité c’est le plaisir du texte, le plaisir du corps. Si, pour moi, la transgression est importante, transgresser la loi, la hiérarchie, cela veut dire s’approprier des lieux de plaisir, non des lieux de production. Je dis cela en tant que poète. Parce qu’en tant que femme, dans la lutte des femmes, je veux m’approprier du pouvoir, et avoir un pouvoir de négotiation. Mais en tant que poète, ma priorité, c’est le plaisir.
Caroline Bayard and Jack David. Out-posts / Avant-postes p. 72. [interview with Nicole Brossard]
This would have been great to weave into my considerations of “Storing and Sorting” where I could have made a greater connection between the treatment of sequences (narrativity) and jouissance.
And so for day 2063