Noise event with "In the holler : the ecologic of aleatory procedural poetics"
Staples, Heidi Lynn
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ABSTRACT Noise Event, a collection of poems, explores the effort to transform ecological consciousness through writing—represented by Gary Snyder’s call to live “on the side of the transforming energies”—as well as the relevance of aleatory procedural works to the emerging field of ecopoetics. The dissertations three serial works—“Waves Fly Back,” “Palm for Palm,” and “Barking at Blue Clouds--” pursue an awareness of immanence and an ethics of relation during meditations on wildlife habitat destruction along the Gulf Coast. Drawn from Deleuzian thought, an ethics of relation is defined as those practices which resist the transcendent judgment at the heart of the Western logos. Translated into poetry, an ethics of relation suggests foregrounding the materiality of text when writing in relation to landscape, and thereby inhabiting an epistemology beyond the “Cartesian habits of mind,” as described by physicist Karan Barad. This stance is accomplished through a range of defamiliarizing strategies including chance-based composition, appropriation, and collage. The introduction that begins the dissertation examines the ecologic of aleatory procedural based poetics—examining contingency, noise, and appropriation for their relevance to an epistemology grounded in the self as event. The essay, “In the Holler: The Ecologic of Aleatory Procedural Poetics,” investigates each of these elements in relation to environmental thinking, situating avant garde practices within contemporary ecopoetics.