How Poesy Slays Normalism (((by Maxwell Clark)))

*How Poesy Slays Normalism*

by Maxwell Clark

The ruling norms of society are forever the norms of its acknowledged (or
normal) state rulers. Poets, or rather just those very few *actual* poets
who are extant anywhere at any given time, I exceedingly do believe such
persons *are* always the exiled, or unacknowledged, truth-bearers of their
own sundry discursive territories, and are precisely as such the most
abnormal elements of their respective states. Abnormal, that is, as truths
are inherently more powerful than states (at least insofar as the
truth-power, as it were, of poesy must ever and again eventually culminate
in a more and more general dissemination of behavioral influences and
belief than any normative state can ever summon). Abnormal, thus too,
because capable of incurring the mortal enmity of reigning state norms, and
so thus also the reigning forms of state power. There is only an utterly
bathetic, putrescent interlude to be suffered (which many among us are
perhaps now more and more suffering once again) between the decisively
abnormal advents of poetic truth creation within a normative state and the
inexorably fated abdication of its heretofore norms, mayhaps even its forms
of state power (as though the norms and forms of state power were not
entirely distinct realities).


Leave a Reply