Monday, February 7, 2011
Thorpe and Farrell in "ekleksographia" explore poetry as haptic experience. Haptic-based procedures in pronunciation work easily become either poetic or musical. The felt sense of HIPoeces has much in common with contemporary "altermodern" poetry: "The word haptic is a modern vintage (1890) and is derived from the Greek aptikos, to come into contact with, which is itself taken from the verb aptein, to fasten. It designates a privileging of the sense of touch in preference to that of sight and to communications based on touch. I hear in haptic not only its Greek origin but also an echo of the Old English "haep" designating chance, good fortune, or an event. The word haptic defines three conditions for poetry, fusing together poetry's material existence in three-dimensional space, its coming to presence as an event, and the pleasure of the poetic encounter."