When Gyborgs Versify

Edited by Christian Bök

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226657424
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226657448 | DOI:
When Gyborgs Versify

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The Cyborg Opera is in part a critical reaction to some of the more “theurgical” traditions of modernism, that is, traditions that have striven to reclaim the magic of words from the mechanical utterances of everyday dialogue. It is a long poem in progress, which is a linguistic soundscape that responds to the ambient chatter of technology by arranging words according to their phonetic valences. The first generation of poets who can reasonably expect in their lifetime to write poems for a machinic audience, but despite the foretold approach of this artificial readership, poets continue to address only each other in the lyric voice of our human drama. This poem strives to extend this poetic legacy, a legacy that has sought to document the most primitive, most intuitive, utterance at the sudden moment when it emerges, both authentically and spontaneously, from the body of the ecstatic organism itself.

Keywords: The Cyborg Opera; theurgical; linguistic soundscape; phonetic valences; machinic audience; poetic legacy; poets

Chapter.  3973 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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