For millennia our species has believed in, counted on, the transformative power of words even while our daily uses of language beckon the revenge of the real. In this charged period of our history, with millions of our own and other species suffering from large-scale human meanness and folly, is it possible to compose our linguistic selves into poetic conversations with our own cultural silences? As poets its our humorously grave privilege to try. If to compose a language game is to compose a form of life as Wittgenstein suggested, let’s see what we can do with that prospect in a workshop of experiments and wagers. Some probable navigational aids: Wittgenstein, Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Mahmoud Darwish, NourbeSe Philip.
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