Duly Sympathetic


Over at BOMB, Claudia Rankine takes a look at the way we use our words:

Tone is an everyday kind of maneuver. It disrupts and communicates aggression, disgust, dis- respect, and humor, among a myriad of possibilities, thereby allowing language to morph into a blanket or a gun. It helps me know how to read the spaces between things. One has an ear out for it always. It’s a thing to be translated.

Lauren Berlant delivers the rest of the interview; the two chat about poetic structure, the blank space between moments, and Rankine’s latest collection, Citizen

Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →