Joseph B Wilson Annotations

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 8:08am

Prompted by the use of "assemblages" in Poem #1, this called forth for me the rhizome/plateau metaphor from Deleuze & Guattari. Poem #2 uses this biological metaphor to great effect (affect?) by riffing on the word "leaf" (leaf > leave > long-life leaf) with alliteration to emphasize the theme. The reduction of words from Poem #1 to Poem #2 also mirrors the process by which, after resources are gathered together, the labour of the "gathering is concealed." There's a lot of work that goes into creating a ten-word poem yet the process is obscured by the concision of Poem #2.

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