Thursday, 5 April 2012

Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins

an article by Richard Nash (an independent publishing entrepreneur) published in The Journal of Electronic Publishing Volume 14 Issue 2 (Fall 2011)


It is commonplace that pornography is the avant-garde of all media.
When new technologies arise, the pornographers are there first, too.
Every time there has been a significant shift in marketplace rules, even if the technology is broadly unchanged, the pornographers are the first to figure it out.

What is, however, far less frequently discussed is poetry. Poets and pornographers have nothing to lose. No commercial opportunity in the former case, no prestige in the latter. Conversely, they have very clear goals, too: prestige in the former case, money in the latter.

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