In response to Vito Acconci’s Read This Word…
I Read That Line
Look, did you read this line then that line?
Because that line explains this line
(It’s ironic really)
Because I told you and it rhymed and was sort of in time with the next line that explained those lines
Not that that line mentioned was indeed mine
As I stole it off some other guy and the way his words run and the ‘and then’s chime with a sort of rhythm, metre, or time, (and rhyme, but that’s implied) and so your first understanding may be denied.
Obviously it’s not a creative mind, just one that’s focussed on crime.
‘Plagiarisming’ is a sign of either being well-read, read-well or a waste of everybody’s fucking time.
So is it a quotation, a tribute, an intertextual line, or do we just dismiss it as a rip-off (which I guess is fine)?
I call it something like… a style of mine
But you don’t see it like that – you see it as something you’ve heard before in another life
I can’t get enough of things that rhyme
I especially when they rhyme all the time
Even when I reuse the same rhyme
You may think it’s benign
I think it’s sublime
– Scott Sandwich