Monday, July 19, 2010

D.C. Temblor Terror

My brother Brian, who lives in Northwest D.C., forwarded this photographic evidence of the terrible trail of destruction left across Washington by the Great Gaithersburg Quake of '10.

I'm sure all of us out here in California can sympathize with the victims of this life-disrupting seismic visitation.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Multi-Ethnic Poetics

The just-released issue of the MELUS journal is a special number devoted to "Multi-Ethnic Poetics," ably edited by Meta Jones and Keith Leonard. The issue includes essays by Michael Dowdy, Robin Trembly-McGaw, Laura Trantham Smith, Samina Najmi and Amor Kohli along with poems by Evie Shockly, Hermine Pinson, Martin Espada , M. Nzadi Keita and others.

My own contribution is a lead essay titled "Now that We Know . . . ," which is a version of a talk I gave at the University of Louisville a few years ago. The essay takes up questions of the genealogy of deconstruction and their relevance for contemporary poetics.

I was not, however, able to include the recordings and images I used in the public presentation in the journal version. Here offered is a sampling of some of the images to supplement the essay.

Your library probably has the journal, but you can click through to subscription info here.