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In an ideal world...

Posted to Poetry and Politics




...I'd agree...but African-American literature emerged as a category because the literature of Africans (and women for that matter), went by and large unrecognized. Third World Literature and many Asian texts are still by and large unknown to Western reader. I'm not saying people read texts because they're political...or that every text is political, but that all texts can and are appropriated politically, and to not be aware of that is naive...I'm not saying you have to or even should agendize through art...the purpose of the artist is to express whats true to them and to the work...but once that has been accomplished in the subjective relam of creation and the art is objectified out there in the world, then its political...by political i dont mean marxist or conservative or liberal...i mean addressing and having to do with the live of communities, individuals, and the conflicts between them...thats ALL politics is...how the author chooses to address them (as a Nazi propogandist or as a aesthete) is a matter of yes, subjective taste, but also the social condition which engendered the author, and that is political...

Art can't be a bracketed field of creation or production. We don't live in a society that allows that...and yes, it is sad...very sad...and I'm not saying we shouldn't strive for the sorts of artistic, romantic ideals of aesthetics you seem to be espousing. I'm saying that to ignore or dismiss the social and political impact that every work of art potentially holds is not only a suspect nostalgia for universal ideals, but naive...