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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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How important is the author’s intent?

In class when Erica asked if any of us wanted to read our postcards to M. NourbeSe Philip aloud to the class, none of us wanted to. I do not know why others in the class wanted to keep their … Continue reading

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The Personal, Accessibility, and Liberation

As I have worked over the past few years to find ways to better love and care for my friends of color (including my long-term partner), I have largely been guided by a mantra that they have repeated to me … Continue reading

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2-sided

People frequently use metaphors, euphemisms, and deadpan demeanors to “take the heat off” of potentially distressing subjects. So, what does it mean to “beautifully manage” horror? As a Black, white, and Native American woman, I find it easy, if not almost … Continue reading

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How We Survive (Zong!)

Zong! is a bodily text. M. NourbeSe Philip’s work demands of us on a mental/emotional level, but perhaps most readily on a physical level. It performs most actively on the page: its terror lies in its history; its trauma lies … Continue reading

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Zong! as paradox

Much of Zong! is written in the imperative voice (not sure if that’s exactly the correct term, it has been several years since I studied grammar); it makes commands. For example: “clear the law/of/order/cause/delay/of question/&/opinion” (50). In compelling the reader … Continue reading

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‘protocerealbox’: Collective Attendance and the Real Work of Language

Fred Moten, in his essay, “the plan,” offers a personal insight into the high stakes gambit that is language. His work, and the necessary collective of saints and demons who complement this work, to communicate with and accommodate the needs … Continue reading

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