“Yet, I started to realize that to not have experienced this exclusion myself, to always have situated myself in the “included” group, was a loss for me and a lacking in my literary experience.
This poetry performance was much less experimental than the works we’ve read in this class, and I wonder how that interacts with emotion. How can we keep holding emotional space for our poems and our poets while reading them critically? Omar and Remi both talked about creating empathy—can empathy be created if the reader/listener isn’t willing to hold it?” —Moie
“Moveover, the reevaluation of my own reading reminded me of the space between my understanding of this poem and the reader and writer’s understanding; this created a sense of intimacy between the lovers that I did not have access to.” —Marielle
“Also, the last line of the poem is very powerful: “when you come across it/ lean, I ask as a favour, lean” because it asks the reader (and the speak themselves) to try to understand rather than closing off or negating another mode of thought.” —Alanna
“Shimoda then described how some things that you did not intend can become incredibly clear to someone else; how some things were “inescapable,” and how others projected both themselves and the author onto different works to try and find a piece of themselves within.” —Luwei
“It strikes me that the burden of imagination is always on those trying to make radical change- it’s easy to ask people to imagine the world staying the same, or even ending entirely. The work of fully feeling an imagined world inside your body is much harder. Imagination is work, and the burden of this imaginative work falls onto those most affected (and of course, the world should be remade by and for those who experience directly and therefore know best its harms). But giving legitimacy to imagination as a mode of labor, of resistance, and of abolition was both deeply inspiring and made me think about who is forced to imagine, because the world has precluded a livable reality.” —Tali
“if you engage in racial discourse without engaging in anti-capitalist conversation, you’ve sided with the oppressor”—Julia