NO SUBJECT: RAY HSU

NO SUBJECT: a virtual interview and a half with Ray Hsu about poetry, politics, and a tortoise moonwalking from point B to point A as it relates to Zeno’s paradox

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Google hangout preamble:

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12:30
me too, sucka!
it’s not muted…
looks on..
true dat!
can you hear that cricket?
you have to enlarge your own screen, i think…
i dunno, it just started working for me. uhm. i just clicked on the cat once…
yes !
drums!
no cake. let’s collapse and restart.

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12:42
dang it!
that’s fine…
yes!
samies!
ha!
beauty!
i love you voice!
smackdang!
it’s all so perfect…
this is golden platinum!
you left group chat.
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12:48
i think i broke the hangout, sorry!
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12:49
why does everyone always want to get to B? poor A!
but you’re right about shortest route!
beauty!
all of it!
wish you could hear all the laughing on this side!
hahaha!
hahah!
hahahahahoooo!
i know.
okay, maybe i email Qs to you now, fuck i wish we could video this!
your clapping, singing. etc!
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12:52
okay dokay
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12:52
ain’t no thang
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i know.
what’s that!
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me
12:53
i can try to figure out the pipe to youtube stuff if we want
cool
lemme know if you gotta jet. i’m looking up the youtube hangouts thing
http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html
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12:55
oh! ah! sounds real!
serious?
rad ray!
okay…
anticipation!
is that good?
fuck google plus!
yay, sidebars!
like me…
yes. yes!
yes!
yes!
uh huh!
oh…
maybe…
i check?
looks like i do…
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13:01
it’s texting me a verification code…
dit dot dat det dut!
waiting…
ha!
sorry, ray… i dunno!
so..
what’s new?
see? what’s that shit!
don’t do it!
it’s a scam!
i know!
let’s give up!
f’reals!
ha!
hahaw!
sorry, Mr Dr!
hhah!
yes!
uhm, i ‘ll try epxorting!
you know it!
thanks for sending that shit. i love you. gotta jet to the store
before a laborious afternoon at the beach with the fam.
mwah!
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you left group chat.

DrHsu

do you know offhand whether or not the following is true: hot water freezes quicker than tepid?

offhand, yes.

describe the Venn diagram for poetry and dollars

a) Venn diagrams were conceived of by John Venn in 1880

b) Chinese linking rings were featured in a painting by Giacomo Mantegazza in 1876

[i just wanted to make sure my question isn’t too silly/vague: i meant to mean something like if poetry was in one circle and dollars in the other, how/what would the Venn suggest? rather than my giving you poetry and dollars to explain Venn diagrams. No the question isn’t silly/vague. If you want me to talk about poetry and money let me know. I might say something about poetic economy a la Anne Carson (Economies of the Unlost), Margaret Atwood on debt, or the wondrous ability of creative writing programs, universities, arts councils and nonprofits to broker exchange rates between cultural capital into financial capital.]

i don’t understand what you do?

we’re in the same boat.

do you still wear ties? why or why knot?

know and then.

are you complicit or self-silencing (in your poetry/performance practice)?

probably.

may we have a virtual thumb war? how do you see it playing out?

sure, i think this is how it would play out.

i want to ask a fucking zinger of a question about performance vs poetry or the appeal of art relational aesthetics, but i’m too dumb to propose anything that’s not obvious. would you be able to ask yourself a really good, engaged, interrogation about your work that isn’t easily recognized/classified as poetry and possibly answer it, too?

sure. in order to answer this question, I might knock on Alan Liu’s door…

Me: i want to do a fucking zinger of a performance or poem or something that draws from art relational aesthetics, but i’m too dumb to propose anything that’s not obvious.

Alan: Well, the most ambitious art will henceforth ‘make history’ by itself performing acts of destruction–or at least of blockage and trespass–in a certain manner, against certain targets.

Me: But what would be a really good, engaged, interrogation that isn’t easily recognized/classified as poetry?

Alan: Hmm. Whether it is expressed as appropriation, sampling, defacement, or hacking, there would be nothing more cool–to use the term of the nascent, everyday aesthetics of knowledge work–than committing acts of destruction against what is most valued in knowledge work–the content, form, or control of information.

Me: sure. okay

what does your moustache mean?

it’s a way to respond to facial recognition technology

is poetry a dissent or a descent for you? expand.

a) poetry is a set of forms of social, economic, and aesthetic organization. it isn’t inherently dissent or descent, much as religion or capitalism aren’t.

b) maybe poetry is a resemblance between dissent and descent.

are you complicit or self-silencing (in your poetry/performance practice)?

MAYBE.

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AWARD-WINNING! VISIONARY! AVANT-GARDE! MAGICIAN-ARTIST! ENTREPRENEUR! STYLE ICON! JOIN US FOR AN EVENING WITH INTERNATIONAL POET-GENIUS RAY HSU UPON HIS TRIUMPHANT YET EPHEMERAL RETURN TO THE UW-MADISON ENGLISH DEPARTMENT FROM WHENCE HE GRADUATED! POETRY WILL BE EXPLORED! POETRY WILL BE EXPLODED! He has an amazing mustache. (bio credit: Sunny Chan)

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