Wikipedia Poem, No. 169

“Formalism is the belief that the eye does violence to the object it apprehends. / All formalisms are therefore sad. / A negative formalism acknowledges the violence intrinsic to its method. / Formalism is therefore a practice, not an essence. // For example, a syllogism subjected to a system of substitutions / allows us to apprehend the experience of logic / at logic’s expense.” Ben Lerner


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