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Oakland is burning // Water is life

Hey friends. The world’s got me feeling a weird bunch of dissonant emotions. Like I’m rejoicing about the DAPL announcement. But I’m mourning the Ghostship warehouse fire in Oakland, a (queer) artist’s community and electronic dance club. The fire happened the night … Continue reading

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Hey friends, a piece I wrote about the queer poetics of nightlife was published in The Indie, a Brown/RISD weekly. Read here to check out two new poems and learn about how a rave is like a writing desk! Also, … Continue reading

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Writing as “a window on the world”: Etel Adnan’s Night

How does the poet situate their body in relation to the world? The Western literary canon is full of examples of white male poets who claim a transcendental, universal voice to speak for nature. The apostrophe  (a shift in address from the reader … Continue reading

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Queering the Ghazal

“In fugue or bastard ghazal, she is seeking no place like home. / When language becomes a girl, she speaks for a voice like home.” Trish Salah, an Arab Canadian transgender writer, takes the ghazal–a traditional Arabic lyric form–and makes … 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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