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Chin-In Chen’s “American Syntax”

This week I read poems by Chin-In Chen, a gender non-conforming Chinese-American poet and community organizer based in Texas. Their poetry features a lot of physical page play, with double columns and indentation, as well as the use of external … Continue reading

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Marilyn Chin and John Yau

Marilyn Chin What is the relationship of her writing to Blackness? I was specifically brought to this question by the “too” in “Brown Girl Manifesto (Too),” although this could be a specific reply to a specific poem. I also was … Continue reading

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Queer(y)ing Parody

I found Dorothy Wang’s discussion of parody a useful framework for approaching John Yau’s Genghis Chan poems. It was a little dizzying to read so many different scholastic accounts of parody, but the key points which struck me were Hutcheon’s definition of parody … Continue reading

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Daffodils and an Empire

In “Interview with an Empire,” M. NourbeSe Philip, seemingly by means of digression, devotes significant space to unpacking the image of daffodil as made famous by the english romantic lyric poet William Wordsworth (see “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”). … Continue reading

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race/desire/likeability

CW: Cannibalism In “From Circumstance to Constellation,” Farid Matuk suggests desire as a condition of race, racism, and racialism. Desire not only to possess, but also to consume and to violently unify – erase the space between – racially divergent … Continue reading

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