Joyelle McSweeney, “Iowa Occult: a Mütter Pedagogy; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Vomit Art”

What is Knowledge? What shape does Knowledge take? It’s not a question we expect to find raised in an Iowa-style workshop, where we turn our attention to concrete things: form, craft, the page, the neat crosses and channels of a line break or an ellipsis or/and especially the poem’s earned/unearned ending. No ideas but in things—Wms. But the inverse of this craftiness, this roll-up-your-sleeves-and-work-with-your-hands shop-class affect of the Iowa-style workshop, is the unspeakable pressure of a counterpresence…

Joyelle McSweeney, from "Iowa Occult: a Mütter Pedagogy; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Vomit Art," in N + 1

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