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X is part of a series of experimental texts that try “to find a way of writing which comes from ideas, is not about them, but which produces them,” writes John Cage in the foreword. The content is political, personal, musical, and literary, while the form is visual, spatial, nonsyntactical, exploratory, and idiosyncratic. In X Cage attempts to create looser structures in both life and art, to free “my writing from my intentions.” Included are diary entries, poems inspired by James Joyce and Ezra Pound, and a witty mesostic alphabet (poems with words spelled down the center).
Publisher Wesleyan University Press, 1983