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Is to travel getting to or being in a destination?

Mónica de la Torre’s Is to Travel Getting to or Being in a Destination (pp. 259-60) uses travel as a metaphor to preserve writing and history as activity and verb (the “getting to”) as well as noun or finished project (a “destination”). In … 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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the terror of language & the horror of silence

cw: sexual assault, sexual violence This week, I intended to write about the book that made me want to be a Social Studies teacher, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, by Michel-Ralph Trouillot. In this account of … Continue reading

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The Skin of Experimental Poetry & Bodies of Resistance

“Experimental poetry” often foregrounds form as its core site of play. In emphasizing this skin of poetry as merely language or surface, a number of white poets and white-centered institutions of poetry have escaped discourses of the body and racial … Continue reading

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Philip, Nogues, Kapil, Zurita, and Carson (Reading response 2) [ryan]

And like a dead shadow we kept descending between the thick walls of the sea   Y como una sombra muerta seguíamos bajando entre los murallones del mar   from Zurita’s El País de Tablas (The Country of Planks trans. … Continue reading

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collage (week 1 reading response)[ryan]

Here is my collage. Here are some thoughts to go along with my collage— *** What does it take to hide behind a piece of paper? To create an image of yourself that refuses to be an image of yourself? … Continue reading

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