Writing (I confess) is a kind of non-consumptive shopping activity. Hence the thing about nouns – lists of them with their bodacious adjectives. Ai. This is perhaps something we would prefer not to admit. How (really) is the process of pursuing thought in writing different (substantially) from the process of pursuing consumer goods?

Do I need to expand on this?

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  1. Non-consumptive, or theoretical? The Brits (Andrea and Keston) used to try to tell me my “gold book” style poems promulgated a poetics of <>credit<>.I don’t think it’s still a thing-based economy if your imagination is more concerned with movement and action, with using all these <>objects<> as levers and other tools…(This is the long way of saying yes, you need to expand on this.)

  2. The experience of writing mimics that of shopping because in both I have the feeling of looking for something, and in both the process of looking is innately stimulating whether or not I actually purchase the object/choose the phrase, word, etc.In both activities I have the exhilarating feeling of “moving about in the world of objects” (which relates to your point above) and of somehow simultaneously 1)getting outside of myself and 2)forging my identity.In both activities I have the sensation of FONDLING — things in one case, words in the other. (I think Ange may have used a similar term at one point to describe a kind of affectionate “criticism” — but it could have been someone else…) Anyway, there’s something tactile — literally or figuratively.I wasn’t thinking of cultural capital and the economy of poetry and all that, although I did once tell a group of kids when I was working at Teachers and Writers that, while it was true that writing poetry couldn’t actually help you make any money, it can help you get sweethearts, and it doesn’t actually cost anything. And the lovely side effect of it is that you do eventually build up a nifty little collection, sort of like a rock collection I guess.

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