Poetry as Machine: from Mayakovsky to Benjamin

Here are the links to this week’s poetry and related readings.

William Carlos Williams

– William Carlos Williams:
A poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words.”

Vladimir Mayakovsky.

– David Burliuk, Alexander Kruchenykh, Vladmir Mayakovsky, Victor Khlebnikov:
A Slap in the Face of Public Taste.”

– Selection of Mayakovsky poems:
“…To his Own Beloved Self…”
Call to Account!
Conversation with Comrade Lenin
My Soviet Passport

F.T. Marinetti.

– F.T. Marinetti: “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism

At the end of the week, we’ll read Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” but only after having been prepared for it (inasmuch as anyone can be prepared for it) by the Futurists.

Walter Benjamin.

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