By absorption I mean engrossing, engulfing
completely, engaging, arresting attention, reverie
attention intensification, rhapsodic, spellbinding,
mesmerizing, hypnotic, total, riveting,
enthralling: belief, conviction, silence.
Impermeability suggests artifice, boredom,
exaggeration, attention scattering, distraction,
digression, interruptive, transgressive,
undecorous, anticonventional, unintegrated, fractured,
fragmented, fanciful, omately stylized, rococo,
baroque, structural, mannered, fanciful, ironic,
iconic, schtick, camp, diffuse, decorative,
repellent, inchoate, programmatic, didactic,
theatrical, background muzak, amusing: skepticism,
doubt, noise, resistance.
Perelman: “These two sets of oppositions differentiate persuasive writing from writing that foregrounds its own formality; Bernstein’s allegiance is to the side of the binary less valued by conventional poetics. But it is not a rigorous commitment. The very idea of an invariable term smacks of the exactitude of a restrictive economy. Potential sites of definition become loci for counter-demonstrations of a writing practice that disrupts any form of containment.”