I am listening to Anne Carson speak for less than 6 minutes and 30 seconds on her latest book, Float.
The interview floats around Float. It is a discussion in which the poet is led through the questions, prompted by quotations of her own writing, Greek classics, translating epics. In total she is probably speaking for less than 4 minutes.
Her first recorded words are, "Thank you for asking me."
Her last recorded words are, "Thank you very much."
Her tone sounds like transcription; it is almost like the reverse of a recording. Am I reading her words or hearing them? Clear, but basic. Basically crystal. Basically lucite. Basically plastic.
From the Greek plastikos from the Greek plassein, or εύπλαστος.
Plastic meaning moldable, can be molded in terms of a shape, not a living growth of mold. Plastic can be defined as an adjective to describe something offering scope for creativity. To describe someone offering the same? Plastic.
Describing sensual artifice? Use πλαστικός.
In science we use plastic as an adjective to describe the permanent deformation of a solid without fracture by the temporary application of force. To describe someone offering the same? Plastic.
Discussing the material form of your credit card? Use πλαστική ύλη.
One derision of plastic from its Greek is metaplasia, or change in form. Pathologically it refers to a cell being (molded + beyond) its original makeup in order to adapt to new environmental conditions. Like introducing cells to carcinogens: smoking, plastic. To describe someone offering the same? Metaplastic.
Anne says Float is made of fragments and separated pieces, intended not to prescribe an order, not to prescribe a feeling. The origin of Float comes from "originally performance pieces."
I look at metaplasia and think of its beyond cells and I think of metastasis, the spreading of disease (such as cancer) from one part of the body to another. The parts need not be connected; the disease (such as cancer) can still spread cell to cell, all it needs is a body. Like a stage. I think of metastasis and how last night I watched Toshio Matsumoto's Metastasis. A flicker film of alien perception, the subject is a toilet, a symbol of waste collection. Is collecting waste considered meta art or is art collection considered a waste? Offering scope for creativity. Does waste need a stage? The film is epileptic with flashes, neon colors, degraded saturation, static interlacing, a synth loop that prompts wonder at whether loops are static or kinetic. The camera does not move, is not kinetic. Not kinetic must be static, or the adjective suffix of words ending in stasis.
Matsumoto's film dies after 8 minutes.
Cancer cells become malignant when exposed to carcinogens such as plastic. Cancer cells that grow into a tumor must eventually undergo metaplasia. A pathological irritant to the body's environment is cigarette smoke, the body's physiological response being metaplasia. Cigarettes are like toilettes, except one comes prepacked with shit. Do you think Matsumoto made Metastasis with an empty toilet?
Anne says poetry means making a thing. The origin that "poiesis means a thing made."
A suffix can be made of poiesis, as in hematopoiesis, or the making of blood cells.
To make life, add poetry to the end.
Avoid becoming static.
At one point between Float (2016) and Metastasis (1971) I was born, a Cancer.