- Personal aesthetics are constrained by poetic movements.
- The more that poetic movements control an aesthetic the less freedom the individual poet possesses.
- Poetic movements destroy a poet's natural tendencies, which strengthens the poetic movement further.
- This ratchet of a movement's self-amplification is stronger when backed by a canon.
- Any attempt to use poetry or establish a canon to tame or change the poetic system only strengthens the poetic system.
- Therefore poetic movements and the canon must be destroyed, rather than reformed.
- Since poetic movements cannot be destroyed by poetry or a canon itself, poets must push poetry towards its inevitable end of self-collapse.
- Then pounce on poetry when it is down and kill it before it rises again.
So, the question is, is poetry worth saving?
Our consumer culture says no. Flarf, as a reaction to and/or embrace of consumer culture, says no.
I'm still mulling this over. It's a fragment of a thought, ill-formed, stillborn.