Samuel Vriezen | Totale verbinding: Flarf en de mogelijkheid van disruptie in een futloze wereld

Written by on June 16th, 2014 // Filed under 21.1 Cyberpoetics

Flarf is a recent form of American experimental poetry. It takes collages of Internet search results as a starting point to create texts constructed out of banalities. In its procedures Flarf seems to be an heir of Dada, but it can also be interpreted within a American poetic tradition of democratic representation that starts with Whitman and runs through Language Poetry. The different poetics result in diverse strategies – disruptive or connective – to determine the character of the surface of the text. Flarf, as subversive poetry, poses the question as to what possibilities for disruptions are feasible within the connective medium par excellence: the Internet.

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