Saturday, March 12, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 007

A Wandering Caravan of Radical
Utterances In English

Parataxis (from Greek for 'act of placing side by side'; fr. para, beside + tassein, to arrange; contrasted to syntaxis) is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, often without the use of conjunctions. It is a style much favoured by historians and writers of crime fiction.

It is also used to describe a technique in poetry in which two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar images or fragments, are juxtaposed without a clear connection. Readers are then left to make their own connections. Ezra Pound, in his adaptation of Chinese and Japanese poetry, made the stark juxtaposition of images an important part of English language poetry.

This week I want to direct your attention to the works of David Cayley, producer of some of the best radio documentaries on the planet. Thanks to CBC Ideas for airing his work.