The Grand Piano

San Francisco 1975–80

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PART 8

Lyn Hejinian begins:

THE ARTISTIC IMAGINATIONíS capacity for performing astonishing feats of linkage is one key to its ability to do philosophical and political work. Poetics and poetry are alike in being able to combine; they generate themselves with forged connections. To make a picture is not identical with getting the picture, but having pictures seems a prerequisite for understanding — including understanding that something is often wrong with them. It is sometimes the task of art to ask the question ďWhatís wrong with this picture?Ē And sometimes it is artís task not only to query the picture but to queer it. The imaginationís ability to perform feats of unlinkage, then, is an essential part of its subversive, liberatory potential — and its opposition to efficiency.




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