MinXus mail from Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

We are always pleased to know what correspondent Richard Canard has on his mind. This card indicates poetry or more specifically visual poetry. This bit of wit might even be considered, above ground, something akin to Conceptual Poetry. MinXus-Lynxus LOVES Conceptual Poetry (the same way you keep your friends close and your enemies closer & for the same reason Stalin could confidently predict:  “And they will sell me the rope.”)

With the loss of Ray Johnson all these years, Richard has had to settle for the likes of us and the hope that we might glean something of slight value from his accumulated wisdom. He plays with an approximate line used by myriad magicians, most not of the highest order. What an excellent point! Often we read condemnations ranging from “surrealist parlor tricks!” to sonnets and sestinas dismissed as “parlor games!”  What is serious art? What are the limits of “The Game”? MinXus=Lynxus wants to know!

Having just been immersed in reading about the life and works of Robin Blaser, Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, I am susceptible to ideas about a real, possible relation between poetry and magic. Certainly there is a metaphor that could be constructed concerning a serious pursuit of magic and lounge lizard entertainers. After all, visual poetry often produces visual gags (pun intended).

On a more – what? – existential level, perhaps Richard is sending a reminder concerning a foundational concept for “our kind of” poetry. It stems from a simple oppositional structures, whether it’s entirely object, visual text, spoken word:


writing/blank page


A good part of poetry takes place at the intersection.

Nothing up my sleeve.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cheryl
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 19:28:00

    Sorry the South African branch is so quiet – too many leaves to support at the moment. BUT something up my sleeve 🙂


  2. minkrancher
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 02:35:35

    MinXus-Lynxus must always acknowledge its roots in the Symbolist School of Subtle Aesthetic Obscurity. It’s only fair.

    The balance of power among MinXus nations is forever shifting, with new additions & departures constantly. (Switzerland definitely did not work out, for example.) Basically, in this Banana Republic situation, we can’t change the stamps fast enough to stay current.

    In fact, that’s why “MinXus art” is a misnomer. Anything that remains is a “MinXus relic.”


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