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Another Life

She’d jotted down many questions, each marking a point on a borderline in the text where either her concentration failed or her resistance to Suah’s narrative succeeded. Passages underlined in blue, margins filled with wavery scribble; the train had been rocking back and forth.

Poetry of Negation and the Negation of Poetry: Dissidence and form in Vietnamese poetry

Dissident poetry resonates against oppression, advocates for democracy, reveals previously undisclosed information, and attacks (the dogma of) traditional values associated with state power.

No One Promised Us Anything: Poetry in Mexico City

The act of climbing a platform and reading poetry in the street is part of the literary transformation that’s arisen in Mexico City. Poets no longer seek closed spaces where only their acquaintances attend to pat them on the back as an institutionalized greeting.

Mahua Modernist Poetry as a Translational Practice

Sometimes condemned as an “ethnic literature” of a minority ethnic group not properly integrated into a “national culture,” Mahua literature faces constant questions of self-definition and autonomy.

Against a Beige Vision

Oakland, poetry, and radical empathy.

Leslie Stein

I think loneliness is a beautiful emotion, it respects your inner desires, and one should be thankful to have those.

Final Words

On reading and writing books in two centuries.

Consumption of Culture as Politics

In Mexico, state-sponsored films allow symbolic critique to supplant structural change.

Begging for Utopia

A typology of the beggar in Western culture.

The Anarchist in the Woodshop

The contradictions of nostalgic crafting.