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Unconscious Resistance In Poetry

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Three – Unconscious Resistance

A third prominent mode of practice that has arisen through the renewed interrelation between the sciences and poetry is what I describe as unconscious resistance. That is poetry that arguably is written in either a conciliant manner that is working within the concept of epistemological understanding and equality between the fields, or in a manner of co-option. Unconscious resistance appears on the thematic surface to align with and wish to conform to consilience, or co-option, but consistently illustrate an inability to do so. As Walpert advises this resistance “to the notion that science provides the fullest understanding of the world” is related to the particular foundational aesthetics of the forms of poetry. As such, the resistance to science, whilst also using it and its language-games becomes a “means of elevating…poetry itself as knowledge.” Or alternatively, to assume a conscious level of co-option whilst through its language and structural make up is working against this surface thematic mode of thought. It is the Avant Garde, contemporary poets that perhaps best illustrates this unconscious resistance. In response to the binarism of separate spheres, and epistemic claims within the sciences which is seen through these poet’s tendency to focus intensely on the “materiality of language.” This intense focus on language opens up internalised discord within the poetry, which whilst using a scientific linguistic system, also
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