Sunday, March 24, 2013

In a talk

I gave a couple of years ago, I said, explaining my way of writing, "...the poem itself uses two techniques that play an important part in what I am going on to talk about. The first is parataxis, the juxtaposition of phrases or dissimilar images or fragments that have no clear connection with one another. The second technique is something I'll call varietal or news-channel parataxis, seeking out phrases that have the potential to create an alternate reality through their juxtaposition."

A just-found example of news-channel parataxis that caught my eye today:
A psychiatric patient imprisoned after she attempted to murder her boyfriend is still on the run from a Melbourne hospital. Close calls with sharks caught on film.


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