A diminished poetry – An expanding (and contracting) writerly. Fragments, for Rindon Johnson – Before publication n° 01
This text, which is presented as an unfinished, in-progress document, combines notes, quotations, and deletions in a fragmentary, indirect response to Rindon Johnson's VR videos (alongside other of the disintegrations, psychological and social, of the present moment). Assessing in relationship to the legacy of expanded cinema, some of literature's widening possibilities in the multimodal digital landscape—as postulated across Johnson's broad and inquisitive practice—it suggests a breakdown of purely textual mechanics, embracing writing and thinking as uncompleted, perhaps even vulnerable, acts.
Burke's text offers also a portrait of a community of artists, poets and critics, who share a common experience, thought and commitment, which considers and welcomes in their reflection the influence of feminism, the critique of post-colonialism and capitalism, the issues raised by gender and trans-studies, Queer theories and the philosophy of care, expressed and supported both in the artistic field and in everyday life. [publisher's note]