"the most ambitious & serious account of the dynamics underlying emergent poetics " — Ron Silliman
What is conceptual writing, how does it differ from Conceptual Art, what are some of the dominant forms of conceptualism,where does an impure or hybrid conceptualism fit in, what about the baroque, what about the prosody of procedure, what are the links between appropriation and conceptual writing, how does conceptual writing rely on a new way of reading, a “thinkership” that can shift the focus away from the text and onto the concept, what is the relationship between conceptual writing and technology or information culture, and why has this tendency taken hold in the poetry community now? What follows, then, is a collection of notes, aphorisms, quotes and inquiries on conceptual writing. We have co-authored this text through correspondence, shared reading interests, and similar explorations. Notes on Conceptualisms is far from a definitive text, and much closer to a primer, a purposefully incomplete starting place, where readers, hopefully, can enter so as to participate.
- 06.25.12 | Vanessa Place interviewed at Jacket 2
- 04.06.11 | This Time We Are Both, Ventrakl, and Notes on Conceptualisms reviewed in Galatea Resurrects
- 12.22.10 | SPD's 2010 bestsellers include Nets, Ten Walks/Two Talks, and Notes on Conceptualisms
- 12.19.10 | UDP's Dossier Series is chosen as one of the year's best on The Millions
- 11.11.10 | Notes on Conceptualisms tops SPD's non-fiction Best Seller list
- 05.27.10 | The Rumpus reviews Notes on Conceptualisms, Ten Walks/Two Talks, and Boris by the Sea
- 01.31.10 | Coldfront reviews Notes on Conceptualisms, an "amusing and arrow-sharp work"
- 10.02.09 | Notes on Conceptualisms reviewed by Thom Donovan on the BOMBLOG
- 06.21.09 | A review of Notes on Conceptualisms appears on For the Birds
- 06.03.09 | Ron Silliman responds to Notes on Conceptualisms by Vanessa Place and Rob Fitterman on his blog
News and Reviews
But it's a book you're going to want to carry around with you as you go about your daily business, being the most ambitious & serious account of the dynamics underlying emergent poetics in the United States I've encountered in years.—RON SILLIMAN
For those not familiar with conceptualist practices in poetry, I can recommend few better places to start than Notes on Conceptualisms.—THOM DONOVAN, BOMBLOG
The petite, wallet-sized book fits perfectly to that impulse that the tree, in fact, did fall in the forest. And, you should go see where the hell it fell.—KEN L. Walker, COLDFRONT