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Part 2: “All Information Is Useless”: Dean Young & Poetic Thinking in the Age of Information

Yesterday I blogged about Dean Young’s “The Rhythms Pronounce Themselves Then Vanish.” Here is the part two:

“All information is useless,” the poem reports or retorts, ready to exit, fleeing. At once shocking and familiar, it’s almost an unthinkable thought in the Age of Information, in which the access to information—good, efficient information—comes with the ever-increasing demand that it Be Useful.

February 23, 2012 | Scott Challener

“All Information Is Useless”: Dean Young & Poetic Thinking in the Age of Information

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February 22, 2012 | Scott Challener

On Poetic Thinking: The Case of J. Pinto Fernandez

Listen to “Quadrille,” a short poem by the Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of the great poets of the 20th century:

John loved Teresa who loved Raymond
who loved Mary who loved Jack who loved Lily
who didn’t love anybody.
John went to the United States, Teresa to a convent,
Raymond died in an accident, Mary became an old maid,
Jack committed suicide and Lily married J. Pinto Fernandez
who didn’t figure into the story.

February 7, 2012 | Scott Challener