Poetry is approached as topological cognition, with its furthest horizon being communism. In alienated times, the poet-creator participates in politics as an antipolitics, by suturing conceptual thought to immediate sensual experiences. The author develops this horizon by emancipatory examples from Bertolt Brecht’s theory, Friedrich Hölderlin’s verse, and Franco Fortini’s criticism. From Arthur Rimbaud on poetry is freedom as possibility of things being otherwise, a swerve from and against the dominant lore.
What and How Are Poets for in Our Age of Want: Cognition, Emancipation, Communism
Darko Suvin, scholar, critic, and poet, was born in Yugoslavia and studied at the universities of Zagreb, Bristol, the Sorbonne, and Yale. He is professor emeritus of McGill University and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as coeditor of Science-Fiction Studies (1973–81) and editor of Literary Research/Recherche littéraire (1986–95) and has been visiting professor at ten universities in North America, Europe, and Japan. In 1996 he was Award Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation. He has written twenty-four books and many articles on literature and dramaturgy, culture, utopian and science fiction, and political epistemology, as well as three volumes of poetry. In the last years he has been writing mainly on SFR Yugoslavia, communism, and poetry.
Darko Suvin; What and How Are Poets for in Our Age of Want: Cognition, Emancipation, Communism. the minnesota review 1 November 2018; 2018 (91): 111–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00265667-7137305
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