That’s something which is in all English department lectures now, but it was the first thing since Blake on the business of taking poetry as coming from the outside rather than from the inside. In other words, instead of the poet being a beautiful machine which manufactured the current for itself, did everything for itself – almost a perpetual motion machine of emotion until the poet’s heart broke or it was burned on the beach like Shelley’s – instead there was something from the Outside coming in.
« Vancouver lectures »éd. Peter Gizzi
The House That Jack Built : The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer
Wesleyan University Press 1998