Lisa Schmidt, KR’PTA. Samtidspoesin och Derrida. Spår och ärrbildningar hos Johannes Heldén, Ingrid Storholmen och Anna Hallberg. (CR’PT. Contemporary Poetry and Derrida: Traces and Scarring in the Poetry of Johannes Heldén, Ingrid Storholmen and Anna Hallberg.)
Through the analyses of three contemporary Nordic poets whose work challenges the boundaries of literature and even the laws of grammar, I draw attention to the term linguistic materialism. I also sketch an historical line between the predecessors of the experimentation with the poetic language in the past, starting with Mallarmé, and the experiments of today. In conclusion, I discuss language poetry from a wider philosophical point of view, in relation to Derrida and Wittgenstein.
Burner, the debut of Swedish poet Johannes Heldén, combines an abstract intellectual and theory-based form with graffiti as the main topic, which results in a questioning of the structures of language and text. The poems will here be connected to Derrida’s terms crypt, ashes, date and wound (in my analyses, wound is also transformed into scars and marks or tracks). The main feature of the Norwegian author Ingrid Storholmen’s Skamtalen Graceland is the visuality of language that appears through different fonts and formations as well as through marked words visualizing a scarred text. Anna Hallberg has been a leading figure for the genre of language poetry in Sweden. In connection to the analysis of her latest poetry collection, På era platser, some ideas of the early Wittgenstein are applied. It seems as if the language-focused poets of today want to contribute to the philosophical language debate from within the topic of the same debate, that is, from the inside of poetry itself.
Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2006. Vol. 127, 349-394 p.