Drone Poetics

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2016 Number 89

Drone Poetics
Andrea Brady, pages -
DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:89/90.07.2016

Abstract

‘Drone Poetics’ considers the challenge to the theory and practice of the lyric of the development of drone warfare. It argues that modernist writing has historically been influenced by aerial technology; drones also affect notions of perception, distance and intimacy, and the self-policing subject, with consequences for contemporary lyric. Indeed, drone artworks and poems proliferate; and while these take critical perspectives on drone operations, they have not reckoned with the phenomenological implications of execution from the air. I draw out six of these: the objectification of the target, the domination of visuality, psychic and operational splitting, the ‘everywhere war’, the intimacy of keyhole observations, and the mythic or psychoanalytic representation of desire and fear. These six tropes indicate the necessity for a radical revision of our thinking about the practice of writing committed poetry in the drone age.

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To cite this article
Andrea Brady (2016) Drone Poetics, New Formations, 2016(89), -. https://doi.org/10.3898/NEWF:89/90.07.2016

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