De-Colognizing the Body

My office is on the sixth floor of a building that has a single, unreliable elevator. I dread taking the elevator, not because I might get trapped inside (it has happened to me twice already), but because I fear being…

A Kite of Words for the Korean People

Whenever I hear the word “Korea,” I think about one of my favorite books: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée (1982). Her poetics embody how colonialism has affected the history, culture, language, and identity of Korea. Dictée emerges from the ruins…

On Being Mayonesian

The only thing I remember from my first day of pre-school is the lunch my mom packed me: a canned tuna sandwich with the crust of the white bread cut off. My favorite part of the sandwich was the magical…

The Poetics of Racialization (Part 2)

“Truly racial” is a useful way to think about the kind of racialized poetics that attempts to express a direct representation of a racialized voice and experience. “Truly racial” aims to capture “racial individuality” both in content and form (we…

The Poetics of Racialization (Part 1)

Over at the Montevidayo blog, Sandy Florian posted an interesting piece on being a Latina poet who doesn’t write the kind of “sociological or ethnographic literature that gives voice to people with Latin American heritages who grew up in the…

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