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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)
PART I

a a and anything and analysis another a an a alphabet a a are an a a


and another an a a a a a as a a are a a amount attention a avant-
garde an a a and and although and are about and art and a are as and
a and are assumes any a and any as a avoiding anthology all and
appropriation and as and as and and as as as a and across again as as
archiving advertising are and adds a a avant-garde and and allegiance
art as as aspects appropriation arts appropriated and aren’t agenda
author a am an any accept agitation all a and art appropriation apart
after and approach again as a as and acknowledge a any are a a and
are as a and a an a amount and always about a a a a a a a a at and
and

book by been book by by bacterium book broad been be bound between


book blog by by between be boredom be be based borrowed be be be
based blast bits but boring beauty but beauty be being be be by by
back been better but been better

century confession contents chemical creating creating copy


conceptual conceptual century century continually celebrates come
constraints commerical constraints computing create can conceptual
concerns concept conceptual construction conceptual carry conceptual
conceptual claims contrary cataloging concerned conceptual
compositions conceptual century constellation certain century
concerned concerns concrete concrète conceptual claims conceptual
consumerist conceptual conceptual choice copy claimed could certain
cage content conceptual celebrates circumstance century’s continue
cracks correct conceptual conceptual claiming considered consider
could could conceivably

do diagramming DNA dollars decides day’s disciplines discourse


drives designing designs databasing detritus debased did densely
dictate day’s deconstruction disorientation don’t don’t direct
done done

ever exciting entire every example embedded enough even earth entire
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

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intentionally illegibility its information its its into illegibility
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idea is interesting I if is I if I if I’ll it intellect in image
itself in itself it it

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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

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materiality meaning metaphor matters machine mere morphemes meddling
machine makes management methodologies material machine meaningless
machinistic media more much movements materiality musique morally
machine makes motion morally music moral music music model made
method more mind much more moments many mundane much mixed metaphor
meticulous

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nutritionlessness nutritionless new not no need new need need
normative name non no

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originality on only once obsessive of of of on of of of of or or
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plagiarism precepts processing process pages paragraph primary
procedural prong page poetry plunderphonics pataphysics process
politics politically poem political politically pop politics
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philosophical poetics perspectives poet poet poet poet poet poet
poetry poetry procedure process poet’s poem poetry

quantity quality quotidian question

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relationship rather readership readability resultant rhythms
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studied science space side song subservient side sentences semantic
subjective subjectivity sounds self something shovelled spread
sprache speech say sound spatialist sound sampling side self sets
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wonderful want was want was what would which were with which were
were whether workshop whether

yet York year you York yet


PART II

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and amnesia an amnesiac alternatively and act a about a act
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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

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became body became began but be better broken but by be because
before been better by bourbon been by bound but bring buy becomes be
become best benzedrine

class called creativity creativity can creativity creative could


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creative creative creative choice characters cramps choice complete
can choices can comma circumstances considered computer circumstances
class class came complaining come chose country convertible
completely copying chunk class can come class completely conservative
claim crap careers course

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disbelief duration draw dedicate

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entered every executed examination everything edition economic
exactly end example‘em even experience every enough enough entirety
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PART III

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environment everybody everybody everybody every expect evident
exalted era exhaustion exist evolved

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PART IV

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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,