Cage was among the earliest of Gertrude Stein’s champions. I think of Stein (along with Hölderlin and Mallarmé) as the first Modernist—the one for whom parataxis became a regulating principle of poetics. The locus classicus is Tender Buttons (1914):
In between a place and candy is a narrow foot-path that shows more mounting than anything, so much really that a calling meaning a bolster measured a whole thing with that. A virgin a whole virgin is judged made and so between curves and outlines and real seasons and more out glasses and a perfectly unprecedented arrangement between old ladies and mild colds there is no satin wood shining.
/ Gerald L. Bruns, from: An Archeology of Fragments. In: Humanities 2014, 3(4), 585-605; here