The Other Minimal Demand

  • Joshua Clover
  • Chris Nealon
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


Presented in the form of a dialogue, the authors begin from a wholesale rejection of any claims that poetry is itself an instrument of struggle toward communism, either as provisioner of ideological supplements to struggle or interrogator of capital’s concealed reality, claims founded on the implicit or explicit existence of poetic expertise and the social role of the poet, presupposing the division of manual and intellectual labor whilst entailing a certain vanguardism. What might poetry mean when set against the real historical movement from which communism might arise, the discussion asks, pausing over questions of labor and dispossession, queerness and productivity, critical theory’s vexed relation to dialectical thought, and concluding with the entanglement of race, capital, gender, and supply chains in a pop song.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua Clover
    • 1
  • Chris Nealon
    • 2
  1. 1.OaklandUSA
  2. 2.John’s Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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