MinXus Mail Bag: Post-Itpo by Moan Lisa (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

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Mail-art by Moan Lisa (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

Especially given rumors of a birthday, we thought it would be a great time to share some recent work received from the brilliant and enigmatic Moan Lisa. Moan dropped off the digital grid for a time, but we do not see that the prolific output of snail mail ever lessened. (We were gone from the grid ourselves in September, and Chris Reynolds (Arizona) is staying true to his vow to return to the underground.)

As you can see, Moan Lisa sent us a series of Post-It Notes in October (among other things). There are probably some more at the bottom of the mail bag still.

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This could be Trashpo; but we are also thinking they are meant to be performance scores, although that doesn’t work entirely.  They are indeterminate to a high degree. The fact that they were mailed in a series makes them even more intriguing; it’s possible there is a missing puzzle piece somewhere.

Moan Lisa’s Post-Itpo does remind us of the “discrete series” concept we encountered when studying the poetry of George Oppen. The idea is, if we can trust recollection, which means sounding a note of caution, that a “discrete series” involves creating a structure based on some obscure or subjective knowledge possessed by the poet (and not necessarily communicated clearly to the reader) which is likely unknown or unfamiliar to most readers and might not even matter in terms of understanding the poem yet provides an unseen structure. For instance, again if memory serves, Oppen used stops on the New York City subway system (or was it on the West Coast?) as a structure of a poem: Point A, Point B, Point C each defined a section of the poem and determined the content. It all made sense if you cracked the code based on words and numbers. On the other hand, even more possibilities of interpretation were present if you did not crack the obscure code. In this sense, the “discrete series” involves absence. We wonder if we remembered any of this accurately or, in fact, we have created a fiction. Moan Lisa does that to us. In this case, we would rather not fact check because we like our own understanding of the “discrete series” regardless of how true to George Oppen it is or isn’t.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. DK
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 13:32:03

    fabulous! reminds me of the posit novel Andrea Jay sent me. she always sends arted up post its with her mail art


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