Notes : : The Dwelling Place / Surprised by Sign

[1] Silliman (1975), 118.

[2] Ibid, 118.

[3] Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero, trans. Annette Lanvers and Colin Smith (The Noonday Press: New York, 1967), 47.

[4] Clark Coolidge. A B 7 from "The Dwelling Place: 9 Poets," ed. Ron Silliman, Alcheringa, no. 2 (1975): 106.

[5] Barthes (1967), 47.

[6] Silliman (1975), 119.

[7] Barthes (1967), 48.

[8] Ibid, 46.

[9] Ibid. 47.

[10] Ibid. 48.

[11] Steve McCaffery, "Repossessing the Word," L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E no 2. (1978): unpaginated. "Reference" here and in other places (in Siliman's writing, for example) is often used mistakenly for "signified," "content," or "signification" as is often noted.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Barthes, The Structuralist Controversy (1970), 138.

[14] This is particularly strange because the arguments often line up with Barthes' general project, though not with the specific texts used.

[15] Marjorie Perloff. "Charles Olson and the "Inferior Predecessors": "Projective Verse" Revisited," ELH 40, no 2 (1973): 285-306. Accessed via JSTOR. This strange and incredible article functions in exactly the same manner as Brecht's read-through of the Nazi speeches, placing nearly the entirely of "Projective Verse" up against its "source" in Pound and/or Williams.

[16] Charles Olson. Charles Olson Reading at Berkeley, transcribed by Zoe Brown (Coyote: San Francisco, 1966)

[17] Interestingly, in an autobiographical note, Silliman writes to the UB POETICS listserv, Wed, 21 Aug 1996 03:06:51: But the scandal of the Olson reading or the way in which Spicer was obviously ill at his reading… were lost on me. I sorta knew who Olson was, but had never heard of Spicer. I didn't discover Zukofsky until PBS did the TV show on him in 1966… Had that event occurred one year later, it would have been a completely different one for me. Such is the narrative of actual events...

[18] Robert Duncan. Charles Olson Reading at Berkeley (1966), 19.

[19] From this: "poems are not referential, or at least not importantly so." Silliman himself quotes this line in "Surprised by Sign (Notes on Nine)" (1975, 118) to describe Clark Coolidge's radical application of the Black mountain declaration. See Robert Creeley, The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 490.

[20] Bruce Andrews. L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E 12, (1980) unpaginated.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Roland Barthes. "Introduction: The Semiological Adventure," The Semiotic Challenge, trans. Richard Howard (Hill and Wang: New York, 1988), 6.

[23] Ronald Silliman. "Surprised by Sign (Notes on Nine)," Alcheringa (1975): 118.

[24] Silliman (1975), 119.

[25] Ibid. 118.

[26] Ibid. 118.

[27] Ibid.118.