It's been on my mind, the idea of conceptual collage, appropriation as representation, etc. and what draws me to approaching projects with these forms. Really, I've documentated all my life--since I was four, picking up a camera, cutting out words from magazines, etc. When I was in trouble, I had to copy the dictionary, including the phonetics. Kenneth Goldsmith would love this!
Sometimes I take facebook discussions of poets and repost them. I've been caught, asked to remove them. (Sorry, A.B.!) I feel bad--I don't want to violate privacy or force such conversations to be Google-searchable. My conflict is with documentation of such conversations, that these did happen between the poets of the now, that these lists can help others, etc. If I kept these in files only, they could be lost, damaged, or--upon the event of my death--never found.
Ultimately, my other mother has survived another bout with lymphoma. She is still in the hosptial. 2013: The Year of the Hospital. As she is my mother's partner, my sister and I are the last survivors of that side of the family. How will this be documented? I've explored through poetry: see Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review.
I can't connect why I feel the urgency to capture, then send back, these histories, herstories, and such. I see a scholar 100 years from now asking about us Kansas poets. What will happen if they do a Google search and find some Dennis who was a poetic-historian, and have a major breakthrough in research?