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the decimated forest by Peter Ganick
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Sep 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: avant-garde, experimental, poetry, four-star
Read in September, 2010

I feel that it would be difficult to review each of these six texts individually, for they all, despite the possibility of having their own attached meanings, communicate the same idea. What that idea is exactly, I am not sure...but it must have something to do with either environmentalism or literacy, and I have a feeling that it is probably the latter. ADD and ADHD are being diagnosed to our nation's youth more and more at an alarming rate these days. It seems as if the children--the future--simply cannot focus and therefore, simply cannot read. They are distracted; they are missing out on experiencing the importance and beauty of language. The literary world is indeed becoming a "decimated forest," and Peter Ganick offers these experimental texts ("with sadness") as a nervous but hopeful solution. Pure language is presented in different conceptual formats, incorporating the repetition of fractal literature and the randomness of algorithmic writing. Offered to those who can't find their way out of the woods is a new type of poetry, attempting to plant a few new seeds with an attention toward linguistics rather than prosody and compression rather than space. "the decimated forest" is an anthology of relentlessly challenging yet wildly significant works that I hope will be able to clear away any smoke.

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