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When Lists Turn Me On

To read a grocery list in front of a crowd, without ostentation, dispels the gap between the viewer and the viewed. This trope of defiling performative poetry, by means of delimiting the audience’s capability of judgement and taste, had often been the cliched situation into the notion of what separates a good artist from a lazy one. But before I, along with you, roll my eyes at this statement, let me extract one key idea I want to discuss from this picture —the list. Cataloging had always been the source of intent in poetry. Works like Hesiod’s Theogony, the Bible, and other epics listing names, dates, or any kind of taxonomy are good examples for this style. On the other hand beyond the intent of list poetry comes the purpose of taxonomy — to collect and record things that are in the same category as the other. And I’ve come to realize that, I guess, I could enjoy things if I actually learned to try to appreciate them in relation to my main interests. So, …