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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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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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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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Favorite Lines in Angels of the Americlypse

(transcribed from class on Thursday 10/20) Everyone knew he was CIA Can I Be All Nipples Now or Later There are no paragraph breaks to interrupt the smiling lipstick Factory fresh DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS TO WITNESS AN … 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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