“Interview with An Empire”
- “complex and abstract” and performance: expectations of race coded into poetry (white = “complex and abstract” where black = performance/musical)
- What would a transformative or decontaminating process for English (or any other European language) look like?
- purifying language?
- is silence negation or inclusion? – silence isn’t unitary, is silence inherently communal?
- what’s possible in a silence?
- presence can signify loss
- “The struggle is to reduce the gap between the experience and the expression of that experience.” or possibly to inhabit and expand the possibility of that gap signifying? like silence?
- “Far too many of us still take language for granted” – what does she mean by that?
- the Caribbean as a postmodernist space inherently
- an intersection between postmodernism and postcolonialism?
- the flow of power in the text
- formal, syntactic, material experimentation
- how do we read race non-reductively?