I also found something from Joan Retallack on her poem called “Not a cage”
Joan Retallack discarded some books and journals from her personal library. This act of elimination turned out to be a recycling and archiving in practice, she produced a poem called ‘Not a Cage’ after John cage.
Her poem utilised beginnings and endings of all the books tossed away, using a combination of chance and intuitive composition.
Al Filreis and Danny Snelson (from the show) deemed that such a work was just a further step along the path the poet has already travelled. To ‘assuage’ the guilt of throwing these away, having not read them, she produced something archival. Questions were possibly: “What will happen if I do this?” “What coincidences will occur?” “What sense will be made that I cannot predict?” and now “Where is it from?”
Not A Cage
Joan Retallack, “Not a Cage” from How to Do Things with Words. Copyright © 1998 by Joan Retallack. Reprinted by permission of Sun & Moon Press / Green Integer.
Source: How to Do Things with Words (Sun & Moon Press, 1998)