After Kenneth Goldsmith

Dedicated to Simon Morris and Rob Lavers

Matthew Lee Knowles January 2009

The following text is a new version of four blogs by Kenneth Goldsmith: “A Week of Blogs for the Poetry Foundation” Words, punctuations, names and numbers have been separated into the following sections:

WORDS 1)Conceptual Poetics - PART I 2)Uncreative Writing - PART II 3)Information Management - PART III 4)Boredom - PART IV PUNCTUATION 1)Conceptual Poetics - PART I 2)Uncreative Writing - PART II 3)Information Management - PART III 4)Boredom - PART IV OMITTED NAMES OMITTED NUMBERS
(NB: only the end notes have been completely omitted from this writing)

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edition everywhere examples expanded exclusively economy economics emotion enough emotional each employs ego effacing extreme ethos entartete everyday epically embrace every exclude editorial everything enough even employ epigraph ethos experience expressive emotion exhaustively ego finds from from for finished fantasy fair fusing field for from from from flux from framed freed from flourish further from familiar fraud falsification films futurist fine far from filter fodder familiar fresh few for from feelings grammar gallery generally grammatically good good grammatical has holocaust humanity himself he has his how his high hand how had had heart have have have inspired I index its infusing into is implanted into in is it is is is is impulses it’s instability its is in in image is in it its interventionalist is is it in it is in introduction if it it is it intentionally illegibility its information its its into illegibility influences invented it in in inherent inherited it in is in I its is intact is is into intact in in in in is interested in is is idea is idea is interesting I if is I if I if I’ll it intellect in image itself in itself it it junk know key known late letter living later lifespan letter like like lately last lab literature language language language language language language language language language language language language languages language literary left language legacy language language linguistic language last literature look like language logical language longer more medieval movement moment morphs market manifested materiality materiality meaning metaphor matters machine mere morphemes meddling machine makes management methodologies material machine meaningless machinistic media more much movements materiality musique morally

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PART II a at a are any and are and at and a ask always a a and a an army any all are aside arrives an another about another and absolutely are and a a actually aware act actually an act a act aware and as as around a and amnesia an amnesiac alternatively and act a about a act assignment another act another a and and airtight accountability angle a and a about adjusting a a articulated and accurately a are arise among about aesthetic and another a a ago a at after a about a about and an author asked author answered added assignment and a assignment actually a across a all away a a and a a aspiring art a ambitious a an at ask and at and accountable are able attitudes a and a another another and become became before become brought become be believer be before be but became become be body became began but be better broken but by be because been better by bourbon been by bound but bring buy becomes be best benzedrine

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PART III am a a amount after a act another a act and artist as add any an appropriate a an amount available a attitude a archiving and along a and acquire a and and a alchemical another as a as and active a and and all a as a a and a a and and ah accumulation a as anonymous a away a art all about and a and again and approve all and as add anymore are a audience artificially already at are a already any among anthropoid a an act an aliens be bootlegging become bookstore better brute book’s be back balance between begging be broadcast by broadcaster blizzard back be be being because because beginning be bothered by because but because build but because cartoon claiming constitutes cultural content containers call conceptual come condition contemporary crossed clandestine cut collation copying carnal clipboard cycle columns corporate cast captured cruising cursor catching can conferences can can culture commit consider clones day downloading day different do demons dedicated drive drive dumped dormant designs decisions document dumped dumping data do do do digital drone do exhausted each embrace exists expertise exacting excitement endless emancipation expanse ephemeral every every ever evanescent encounter environment everybody everybody everybody every expect evident exalted era exhaustion exist evolved from fair full faced for file find few from from fluidity from freed frozen from fonts flattened form for from filed fantasy finally for full first for for from for formal for gigabytes generated grind generic goes gradual generation great great have hours hoarding heat holding have have have heretofore have

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PART I a

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PART II a

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PART III a

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PART IV a

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Omitted names:

Gertrude Stein’s, Borgesian, UBUweb, Craig Dworkin, Gertrude Stein’s, John Cage, Jason Mac Low’s, Andy Warhol’s, Mallarmé’s, Zaum’s, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, John Cage, Andy Warhol, Warhol’s, Andy’s, David Antin’s, Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Socrates, David Antin, Pennsylvania, Warhol’s, Satie’s, Duchamp’s, Verdana, Princeton, America, Jack Kerouac, Kerouac’s, Kerouac, Buick, Kerouac’s, Kerouac’s, Kerouac, Douglas Heubler, Heubler’s, OCR, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Warhol, Warhol, Warhol, Christian Bök, Borge’s Pierre Menard, Menard, Don Quixote, Cervantes’, John Cage, Fanny’s, Robert Wilson, Osbournes, Ozzy Osbourne, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Warhol, Warhol, Gertrude Stein, Ulla Dydo, Gertrude Stein, Stein’s, Stein, John Cage, Evelyn Wood, Finnegans, Ezra Pound’s,

Omitted numbers:

19th,, 185, 900, 21st, 21st, 20th, 1980’s, 20th, 48, 85, 1969, 1970’s, 20th, ‘60’s, 70’s, 70’s, 80’s, 70’s, 900, 24, 20th, 628, 39, 824,

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