Essay: Contributing Editor Warwick Newnham’s “Experimental Discourse Experimentally Discoursed”

////Essay: Contributing Editor Warwick Newnham’s “Experimental Discourse Experimentally Discoursed”

Warwick (W<J>P) Newnham

EXPERIMENTAL DISCOURSE experimentally discoursed

“Fishing Port” by Stephane Wootha Richard


(of art or an artistic technique)
involving a radically new and innovative style.


written or spoken communication or debate.
* a formal discussion of a topic in speech or writing.
A connected series of utterances; a text or conversation.
Speak or write authoritatively about a topic.
* engage in conversation.

Definitions abound!
Examples of the rebellious nature
Of experimental discourse that
Have expanded literary pursuit
Could include [from my night-stand]:

Last Exit to Brooklyn was written in an idiosyncratic style that ignores most conventions of grammar. Selby wrote most of the prose as if it were a story told from one friend to another at a bar rather than a novel, using coarse and casual language. He used slang-like conjunctions of words, such as tahell for “to hell” and yago for “you go.” The paragraphs were often written in a stream of consciousness style with many parentheses and fragments. Selby often indented new paragraphs to the middle or end of the line. Also, Selby did not use quotation marks to distinguish dialogue but instead merely blended it into the text and a slash instead of an apostrophe mark for contractions and did not use an apostrophe at all for possessives.

The Naked Lunch: Burroughs explains the cut-up technique thus:
The method is simple. Here is one way to do it. Take a page. Like this page. Now cut down the middle and cross the middle. You have four sections: 1 2 3 4 … one two three four. Now rearrange the sections placing section four with section one and section two with section three. And you have a new page. Sometimes it says much the same thing. Sometimes something quite different—(cutting up political speeches is an interesting exercise)—in any case you will find that it says something and something quite definite. Take any poet or writer you fancy. Heresay, or poems you have read over many times. The words have lost meaning and life through years of repetition. Now take the poem and type out selected passages. Fill a page with excerpts. Now cut the page. You have a new poem. As many poems as you like.

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. It is set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence. The teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him.[2] The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called “Nadsat”. According to Burgess, it was a jeu d’esprit written in just three weeks.[3]

Examples abound!


Time lines:

 50s& 60s

Linguistic ownership
Written word subject only
To the authors ‘purpose and use

Transgressive literature 
All these books
were prosecuted
as obscene
And pornographic

Be it form function
Or literary intent
These authors broke
Bent or simply ignored
The rules

Published çlassics?
If these works were produced
Today would they even stand
A chance of publication?



About the writer:
Contributing Editor Warwick (W<J>P) Newnham is the winner of the 2016 The Lifted Brow experimental non-fiction prize, a highly commended award in the 2016 Stringy Bark Stories “times past” anthology and was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Pen 2 Paper Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Fiction Prize. His work “Tootie; My little Pig” was selected as a finalist in the spineless wonders 2018 year of the dog special with the piece performed by actors as part of the Sydney Literary Festival.  His short stories have been published in O:JA&L, Nocturnal Submissions, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Westerly and Horror Sleaze Trash and others.

Image: Fishing Port” by Stephane Wootha Richard. By permission.

By | 2019-04-04T13:17:12+00:00 June 26th, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Nonfiction, Personal Essay|