Bob Perelman on modernism
as an ongoing project

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"I really do want to keep intoning a sound byte to a future that somehow modernism as I...want to understand really an ongoing project in the contemporary writing scene, scenes, many scenes. And so the way that postmodern can dismiss amibitions in writing and dissolve them all into a mere kind of unmotivated paratactic difference is pretty boring, and I don't find the practice of writing boring at all."

These comments were made during a presentation on his own work in relation to Louis Zukofsky during the "9 poets read themselves through modernism" program at the Kelly Writers House, October 2000.