Poetry starts with sound as a positive, rather than as a differential or a negative, value: sound as engendering meaning, its corpse-begotten gnosis, knowledge. No ideas but as sound. To sound the language, make it resound. As against other writing practices, poetry explicitly holds open the possibility of producing, rather than reproducing, ideas.
Charles Bernstein, “Living Tissue/Dead Ideas”
I thought of this in connection to a recent NY times Oped