& yes, my family did raise me right. Yes, / they cleaned their bones & cracked them clean / open to suck. Would fight over cartilage & knuckle/Sip the marrow’s nectar from urn. . ...more
Tags: Bingo, Fatimah Asghar, Game of Thrones, immigration, India, Kashmir, language, memory, muslim, poetry, South Asia
Zina’s observations of her time in Detroit crystallize both a feeling of otherness and a wry critique of the young American activists who celebrated socialist ideas without fully appreciating the legacy of Soviet rule in Ukraine. ...more
Tending has a thickness to it—it entails attention, time, and something like sacrifice. ...more
I wanted to feel in control of something, but I didn’t know how to say that. ...more
Tags: Alison Macke, cancer, college, dead dad club, dead father, death, fathers, fathers and daughters, grammar, grief, language, language study, learning a language, learning a new language, loss, mourning, Russian
Carly Inghram discusses her new poetry collection, THE ANIMAL INDOORS.
Tags: Anaïs Duplan, atlanta, audre lorde, Autumn House Press, Carly Inghram, competition, Kay E. Moore, language, language poetry, LGBTQ, maximalism, Morgan Parker, poems, poetry, power dynamics, queer, queerness, repetition, tao lin, The Animal Indoors, The Waste Land, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
It was a kind of madness to speak a language to my son that I hadn’t used in almost a decade. ...more
Tags: bilingual, Bucharest, canada, Dallas, Diaspora, Dionne Brand, Elias Canetti, family, fathers and daughters, German, germany, heritage, immigrants, immigration, Irina Dumitrescu, language, linguistics, mother tongue, motherhood, Prudentius, Romanian, second language, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Toronto
These are the terms Lahiri was trying to, seeking to find in Italian: this is her creed as a fiction writer. ...more
Tags: Antoine de Gaudemar, Antonio Tabucchi, book review, Cesare Pavese, Dove Mi Trovo, foreign language, Guillermo Manning, In Altre Parole, In Other Words, Interpreter of Maladies, Italian, Italian literature, jhumpa lahiri, language, Milan Kundera, review, second language, the book of laughter and forgetting, The Joke, translation, travel, traveling, Vladmir Nabokov, whereabouts
All the while, the sound of the poetry behind the telling is sharp, rhythmic, and controlled. ...more
Tags: Alice Liang, Alien Miss, Angel Island, Asian American, assimilation, book review, Carlina Duan, Chinese American, Chinese Exclusion Act, Clara Elizabeth Chan Lee, hate crime, I Wore My Blackest Hair, immigrants, immigration, language, lineage, Midwest, Midwestern, pinyin, poems, poetry, poetry review, Racism, review, Teresa Teng, University of Wisconsin Press
Anne Liu Kellor discusses her debut memoir, HEART RADICAL.
Tags: Anne Liu Kellor, bilingual, Chengdu, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Cultural Revolution, debut memoir, family trauma, generational trauma, genocide, Grace Loh Prasad, Heart Radical, Heart Radical: A Search for Language Love and Belonging, heritage, historical trauma, identity, intergenerational memory, intergenerational trauma, language, Lhasa, Mandarin, memoir, mixed race, Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, Seattle, tibet, travel, travel memoir, travel writing, White Supremacy
I wonder, then, what it is to die. Perhaps to die is a matter of location. ...more
Tags: Armero, Bogotá, Caldas, camera, Colombia, Colombian, death, family, fathers, fathers and sons, Frank Fournier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, German Santamaria, Ibague, Ilya Kaminsky, language, Maggie Nelson, Maria Aleida Sánchez Garzon, mortality, mudslide, names, naming, natural disaster, natural disasters, Nevado del Ruíz, Ocean Vuong, Omayra Sánchez Garzón, Paris Match Magazine, photograph, photography, photojournalism, Ricardo Frasso Jaramillo, Tolima, tragedy, volcano
A word becomes a reckoning, a reconciling of contradiction. ...more
Tags: absent mother, adoptee, adoption, birth mother, book review, bricolage, childhood, Cleave, contranym, debut collection, definition poems, docupoetics, form, found text, Harry Harlow, Hub City Press, identity, Janus, Janus word, Korea, Korean American, language, Layli Long Soldier, motherhood, mothers, Muriel Rukeyser, OED, Operation Babylift, Oxford English Dictionary, pastiche, poems, poetry, poetry review, research, review, Solmaz Sharif, sonnet, South Vietnam, Stacey Balkun, The Book of the Dead, Tiana Nobile, transnational adoption
The key insight is that names, and indeed all boundaries, involve a hierarchy. ...more
Tags: Allan Bloom, an event perhaps, biography, book review, deconstructionism, Derrida, feminism, Foucault, Gayatri Spivak Chakraborty, hauntology, Jacques Derrida, language, Louis Althusser, Marxism, naming, naomi kanakia, nihilism, Of Grammatology, Origin of Geometry, Paul de Man, peter salmon, philosophers, philosophy, power structure, review, Seinfeld, structuralism, Wittgenstein
Threa Almontaser discusses her debut collection, THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN.
Tags: Abdullah Al-Baradouni, Al-Baradouni, Arabic, Arablish, bilingual, bilingual writing, Book Club, brian spears, Children of Blood and Bone, code switching, COVID, COVID-19, DMX, ESL, Google Translate, historical trauma, identity, immigrants, Joan Naviyuk Kane, language, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Music, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, post-rock, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Six of Crows, The Irregulars, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Wild Fox of Yemen, Threa Almontaser, Tomi Adeyemi, translating, translation, trauma, Victoria Chang, Warcross, Yemen, Yemeni
It’s true that when I speak of machines I also mean dimensions. ...more
Tags: Cantonese, cremation, crematorium, death, disidentification, divorce, family, Fred Moten, funeral, Glitch Studies Manifesto, grandmother, grandmothers, grief, Hokkien, hong kong, identity, language, machines, Malaysia, Mandarin, memories, New Zealand, Nietzsche, parapsychology, Paul de Man, psychic, Rosa Menkman, Singapore, single mother, single motherhood, smartphone, smartphones, Social Media, Tan Tuck Ming, technology, Teresa Teng, translation, WhatsApp, Wu Tsang
Why was I crying over a can of seasoned squash? ...more
Tags: baking, Betty Crocker, China, Chinese, christmas, COVID-19, culture shock, depression, eating, expat, expats, family, food, holiday season, holidays, isolation, Kristen Van Nest, language, living abroad, Loneliness, Mandarin, moving, pandemic, Shanghai
Language enacts violence through manipulation. ...more
Tags: book review, bowery poetry club, Carlos Andrés Gómez, gender inequality, gender roles, Joumana Altallal, language, masculinity, nuyorican poet's cafe, patriarchy, poems, poetry, poetry review, racial inequality, Racism, review, toxic masculinity, University of Wisconsin Press, violence, Vitruvius, voyeurism
Meredith Clark discusses her debut lyric memoir, LYREBIRD.
Tags: Bluets, Common Area Maintenance, debut memoir, Dictee, divorce, grief, Jenny Boully, John Keats, language, letterpress, linguistics, loss, Lyrebird, lyric memoir, Maggie Nelson, marriage, memoir, Meredith Clark, Miscarriage, miscarriages, miscarrying, motherhood, mothers, Platypus Press, poems, poetry, pregnancy, relationships, SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle, Shin Yu Pai, the body, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, trauma
Caroline Kim discusses her debut collection, THE PRINCE OF MOURNFUL THOUGHTS AND OTHER STORIES.
Tags: Asian American, Busan, Caroline Kim, debut collection, Grace Loh Prasad, Grace Prasad, identity, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, korean, Korean American, Korean War, Lady Hong, language, Mental Health, mental illness, motherhood, mothers, North Korea, parenting, seoul, short fiction, short stories, short story, south korea, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, therapy
Who “owns” the English language? ...more
Tags: bisexual, book review, c.m. mesquita, class inequality, coming out, Etiquette, exciting times, expat, expatriate, expats, hong kong, identity, Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film, Ireland, Irish, katy waldman, language, LGBTQ, millennial, millennials, naoise dolan, racial inequality, recession, relationships, review, romantic relationships, Sally Rooney, teaching, teaching english, white privilege
Could I be one of Smith’s homies? I would like to be. ...more
Tags: book review, community, Danez Smith, graywolf, graywolf press, Homie, language, Mandana Chaffa, poems, poetry, poetry review, review
Matthew Salesses discusses his new novel, DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR.
Tags: adoptee, adoption, America Is in the Heart, Asian Americans, audre lorde, autofiction, Bhagat Singh Thind, Craft in the Real World, Different Racisms, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, grammar, humor, I'm Not Saying I'm Just Saying, identity, Jonathan Lear, language, Matthew Salesses, Megan Culhane Galbraith, Murakami, Nicole Chung, Own Story, Racism, The Hundred-Year Flood, The Last Repatriate, The Sympathizer, The Woman Warrior, trauma, Viet Thanh Nguyen, visibility, white supremacist, White Supremacy, writing humor
Some people say dreams are a glimpse into an alternate reality. ...more
Tags: arranged marriage, assimilation, cultural history, Diaspora, displacement, dreams, family, first generation, gender roles, heritage, identity, immigrants, immigration, Indian, Kashmir, Kashmiri, language, London, marriage, Pakistan, Pakistani, Urdu, Yasmeen Khan
Judith Santopietro discusses TIAWANAKU. POEMAS DE LA MADRE COQA/POEMS FROM THE MOTHER COQA.
Tags: Abya Yala, Alfonsina Storni, Andes, Aymara, Bolivia, border crossing, chola women, Claire Jimenez, cocaine, colonial narratives, colonialism, coqa, Daniela Rea, Diaspora, dictatorship, drugs, Evo Morales, Federico Garcia Lorca, first nations, Gabriela Wiener, Guatemala, Humberto Ak’abal, Ilana Luna, Indigenous, José Revueltas, Joy Harjo, Judith Santopietro, Katherine M. Hedeen, La Paz, language, Latin America, Latin American literature, Latina, Lina X. Aguirre, linguistics, Marcela Turati, Mayan, Mexico, Mikeas Sánchez, Nahuatl, Nantzin Paula López, oral history, oral tradition, Orca Libros, Pacha Mama, Palabras de Agua, poems, poetry, PTSD, Quechua, racial inequality, Racism, representation, Spanish, spirituality, Tata Domingo Choc Ché, Tiawanaku, translation, trauma, Victor Rodriguez Núnez, war on drugs
[Zurawski] is the advocate for the open exterior of poetry. ...more
Tags: book review, Kylie Gellatly, language, Magdalena Zurawski, Paul Semel, poems, poetry, poetry review, review, The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, Wave Books
Szczepan Twardoch discusses his novel, THE KING OF WARSAW.
Tags: Amazon Crossing, anti-semitism, antisemitism, Black Earth, bodies, boxing, code switching, German, germany, Holocaust, identity, Jewish, jews, kickboxing, language, magical realism, male bodies, male body, masculinity, Muay Thai, noir, Our Review, physical violence, poland, Polish, psychological violence, research, Sean Gasper Bye, Silesia, Silesian, Szapsel Rotholc, Szczepan Twardoch, The King of Warsaw, Timothy Snyder, toxic masculinity, translation, violence, Warsaw, Warsaw Courier, World War II, WWII
When we begin life, language is play. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Amanda Montei, babies, baby talk, bodies, bodily autonomy, bodily trauma, body autonomy, childhood, childhood trauma, death, domestic labor, Elaine Scarry, fathers, feminism, feminist, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, grief, infant, injury, Janet Lansbury, language, language acquisition, linguistics, Magda Gerber, magical thinking, Mary Kelly, maternal, maternal labor, medical trauma, morality, mortality, motherese, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Of Woman Born, parenting, patriarchal, patriarchy, postpartum, Postpartum Document, psychology, Resources for Infant Educarers, sociolinguistics, sportscasting, storytelling, The Body in Pain, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World, toddler, toddlers, trauma
Aria Aber discusses her debut poetry collection, HARD DAMAGE.
Tags: A Place for Us, Adrienne Rich, Afghan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan war, Aileen Keown Vaux, Aria Aber, ayahuasca, Be the Cowboy, bilingual, canon, debut collection, displacement, exile, faith, fascism, Fatima Farheen Mirza, God, Hard Damage, Heidegger, Kabul, language, literary canon, Louise Glück, Mitski, multilingual, muslim, nature poetry, Ocean Vuong, poems, poetry, polyglot, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, psychedelics, PTSD, Racism, religion, Rilke, Sharon Choi, Solmaz Sharif, syntax, Taliban, translation, trauma, Walt Whitman, war, Wild Iris
Empathy and forgiveness must begin with understanding. ...more
Tags: abandonment, absent fathers, absent mothers, Bessie Taliaferro, book review, brothers and sisters, Correspondence, depression, E.J. Koh, family, family history, immigrants, immigration, korean, Korean American, language, memoir, parents, poems, poetry, review, Running with Scissors, seoul, siblings, south korea, The Glass Castle, The Liars Club, The Magical Language of Others, translation
Sejal Shah discusses her debut essay collection, THIS IS ONE WAY TO DANCE.
Tags: academia, Ahmedabad, Alice Adams, Asian Americans, Bharati Mukherjee, Burning Man, Cathy Park Hong, COVID-19, creative nonfiction, debut collection, depression, Diaspora, disability, east africa, essay collection, essays, family, first book, food, gender inequality, graduate school, Gujarat, Gujarati, home, humor, humor writing, identity, immigrants, Indian, Indian American, James Wright Foley, jasmine, Junot Diaz, Kenya, language, Leslie Roberts, Madhushree Ghosh, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, MFA, MIchael Derrick Hudson, Minor Feelings, Mississippi Masala, myung mi kim, names, naming, Ordinary People, parents, paris, Purvi Shah, racial inequality, Racism, Rochester, Sejal Shah, sexism, south asian, suicide, This Is One Way to Dance, University of Georgia Press, writing humor
Healing is slow. Fast. Slow again. ...more
Tags: binary, black women, bodies, cancer, community, DC, death, desire, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, gender, gender binary, gender dysphoria, Gender Identity, gender norms, genderqueer, identity, language, Lesbian, LGBTQ, microaggressions, misgender, nonbinary, queer, queerness, Racism, racist, sexuality, street harassment, Tahirah Alexander Green, toxic masculinity, trans, transphobia, trauma, Washington DC, women's bodies