Ordinary Language


Image respectfully ganked from The Conversant

I am perhaps unduly pleased with myself for having tracked down an interview with Maggie Nelson that isn’t yet listed on our totally impressive Reviews and Interviews page. In her interview with the poet H.L. Hix, Nelson speaks about ordinary language; taking liberties with her aunt’s diary; and us (sort of):

“I’ve heard that some people have actually taught both Jane and The Red Parts side by side in English classes, precisely for this reason, i.e. to get students thinking and talking about the formal differences between poetry and prose, what they can each do, and what they cannot—in short, where their limitations and possibilities and overlaps lie. This pleases me.”

[get pleased with yourself, too, and read the rest at The Conversant]


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