About this poet

Born in 1961 in Freeport, New York, Kenneth Goldsmith attended the Rhode Island School of Design for sculpture and worked as a visual artist for about ten years before taking up conceptual poetry.

His most recent books include the trilogy Sports (Make Now Press, 2008), Traffic (Make Now Press, 2007), and The Weather (Make Now Press, 2005). These volumes consist of a transcribed broadcast of a baseball game, of traffic patterns, and of the weather, respectively. In 2003, he published Day (The Figures), in which he retyped the entirety of the New York Times newspaper from Friday, September 1, 2000, resulting in an 836-page tome.

His other collections include Head Citations (The Figures, 2002), Soliloquy (Granary Books, 2001), Fidget (Coach House Books, 2000), 6799 (zingmagazine press, 2000), No. 111 2.7.93–10.20.96 (Small Press Distribution, 1997), and 73 Poems (Permanent Press, 1993).

These works all follow Goldsmith's model of "uncreative writing." According to the poet, "The idea becomes a machine that makes the text...Uncreative writing is only good when the idea is good." Fidget, for example, which was originally commissioned by the Whitney Museum, is an attempt to record every movement he made during one full day, and Soliloquy is a transcription of everything the poet said during one full week.

Critic Marjorie Perloff has written that "Goldsmith works on the borders between 'poetry' and 'prose' and, more courageously, between poetry and 'not poetry,' not to mention the borders between 'literature' and 'art'."

Together with poets like Christian Bök, Craig Dworkin, and Caroline Bergvall, Goldsmith has established "Conceptual Poetics," which he describes as "a poetics of the moment, fusing the avant-garde impulses of the last century with the technologies of the present, one that...obstinately makes no claims on originality."

Goldsmith teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He hosts a weekly radio show on WFMU and is the founder of UbuWeb, an online resource for avant-garde poetry and media. He lives in New York with artist Cheryl Donegan and their two sons.

Day [excerpt]





Anatomically Incorrect

How Movies

How Simple Can You Get?

Ideal Motif. Stieglitz, Weston,

Adams, and Callahan

Modern Living 2

New York Salon

The Observer: Cartier-Bresson

after the War

Paris Salon

The Rhetoric of Persuasion

Seeing Double

...piercing beauty, lots of sexy ugliness and

a wealth of challenging ideas. -The New York Times

Paris Salon

Sample the range of painting that appeared in mid-century Paris-works that highlight the competing definitions of modernity during this turbulent era. This exhibition includes paintings by Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger, Raoul Dufy, and many more.

The Rhetoric of Persuasion

The turbulent 1930s inspired many outstanding artists-including Jacob Lawrence, Dorothea Lange, and Diego Rivera-to lend their talents to social causes.

Modern Living 2

The sequel to Modern Living 1. See how Eero Saarincn, Alvar Aalto, and Charles and Ray Eames adapted their architecture and design concepts to technological advances after World War II.


The Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street, NY (212) 708-9400 www.moma.org Closed Wed.

Clockwise from top right: Three Women (Le Grand déjeuner). 1921, Oil on canvas. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund © 2000 Estate of Ferdand Léger/ARS, N.Y. Charles Eames, Chaise Lounge 1948. Prototype for a stressed-skin shell: hard rubber foam, plastic, wood and metal. Gift of the designer. All works from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Dorothea Lange. Woman of the High Plains. Texas Panhandle. 1938, Gelatin silver print. Purchase

Made possible by The Starr Foundation, Generous support is provided by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro in memory of Louise Reinhardt Smith. Additionial support provided by the Contemporary Exhibition Fund of The Museum of Modern Art, National Endowment for the Arts., Jerry I. Speyer and Kathleen G. Farley and The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art Education programs accompanying MoMA 2000 are made possible by Paribas. Interactive environment supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


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From Day by Kenneth Goldsmith. Copyright © 2003 by Kenneth Goldsmith. Reprinted with the permission of The Figures. All rights reserved.

From Day by Kenneth Goldsmith. Copyright © 2003 by Kenneth Goldsmith. Reprinted with the permission of The Figures. All rights reserved.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith follows the model of "uncreative writing" in his work, which he describes as when "the idea becomes a machine that makes the text." 

by this poet


Am I going to have to fight you in court?

No. No. I'm not going to go to court unless you want me there.

I don't want to be in court either, OK?

I don't either.

All, um, um.. Here's the way it works, um, you'll you'll be released today, OK, OK?


I I know I can I can bring


No. I'm not mad. We were just playing. Yeah. It was a joke. It was a joke. The recorder will stay on this art week. What? No. Just one week. Oh, is it time already for another laundry? Oh, we can take it over. It's no big deal. Remember the time we buried the dog in the laundry? Wasn't that cute? This might be the