What interested me this time, in this writing--after doing a few book alterations already--was that the added use of machine meant that I turned a kind of otherness into otherness. Hell, after I wrote the program, and until I began to sculpt the thing, I simply pressed a button. Only after that did I shape and reshape the results, turning sentence into line, line into particular line, etc. And so viz. performative poetics on which I've written a great deal, the term "performance" was, through this process, complicated. Reading to self is a kind of making or doing, and a kind of performance, I'd argue, albeit of a not-so-elaborate or public sort. What kind of performance is the alteration process absent (or missing for much of the time) its author? It isn't, as in the case of much of the performative poetics on which I've written in the past, seeking the liminality between "poem" and "poem event," this anxiety the poem has of its status on the page, its book as no-longer-enoughness - or, the moment the poem becomes aware of its own discomfort as potentially obsolescent tekne. No, here is a reaching for ritual, almost a devolution back into the practices of the sacred (or sacrilegious). Or, since I am a Jew: its regression back into the room of rooms, The Book, as Jabes might have had it, the Talmudic practice of continual self-reimagining within the space it is (was) afforded.
Needs be more thought here, tho in reading and performing (now a very public version of above) Gaburo's Maledetto, doing so for the Radical Philosophy Conference last week, in response to a comment regarding Gaburo's deconstruction of commodity aesthetics I quoted LW: "I destroy, I destroy, I destroy." Which, in itself, is a religiously-inflected frustration with the impulse to masturbate, sometimes quite literally. And when the machine began to pray....
...UCSD was a very collegial place. An example of the interactive attitude that pervaded the place in the early 70s is shown by this 1972 picture of John Silber, Kenneth Gaburo and Pauline Oliveros (back to camera) lunching together at the Matthews Campus snack bar, just across from the Music Department offices.
John Silber, Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros - UCSD, 1972