Christian Bök's polarizing poetry

The Stentor (of Lake Forest College, Illinois) interviewed English and Music students after a performance by visiting artist Christian Bök of Eunoia and his sound poetry. It is interesting to see how Bök's work polarized the audience along certain lines, into certain aesthetic camps informed by contrasting values:

'It isn't surprising that Bök's antics were met with mixed reviews by students. To one student, he was "refreshing and innovative." To another, merely "pretentious." But what is interesting - if not surprising - is the pattern behind these reactions; Music students tended to find his performance and ideas creative, whereas English students seemed to react defensively.'


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