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Guide to hitchhiking // How to keep going

  “Rules 5-10: You write them. Choose your preferences. Perhaps you hate the ocean. Perhaps you wear a crucifix inside your transparent blouse. Perhaps you are a U.S. citizen on a sort of holiday. Perhaps you have a destination, such … Continue reading

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According to Dorothy Wang’s critical essay on her work in Thinking Its Presence, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s poetics address her racialized Asian-American subjectivity through the unique lenses of troubling the notion of “authentic” or “fixed” identity altogether. In “Chronicle,” Berssenbrugge narrates a … Continue reading

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dorothy wang & “American” poetry

In the introduction to Thinking Its Presence, Dorothy Wang discusses the role of Asian Americans in the US literary canon. She critiques the divisions some literary critics make between racialized poets who bring in more evidently their cultural or identitarian … Continue reading

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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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Music, Poetry, and Storytelling

Poetry and songs often time inhabit the same creative sphere even if they don’t share the same room. Both are used to tell stories and truths by using language to craft the space necessary to derive meaning. In class we … Continue reading

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monica de la torre: writing with the elements

Monica de la Torre’s selected experiments in translation in Angels of the Americlypse represent what de la Torre refers to in her aesthetic statement as “poetics of incompleteness” where “the possibility of not appropriating is nil, since voice necessarily ventriloquizes, … 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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