(south yuba river, labor day 2006)
another joy of life after the MFA (it’s only been a month!) is more time for reading! tho i have a bad habit of non-systematic reading, that is, i just read whatever is at hand, whatever i happen to pick up at a used bookstore like pegasus or moes or half price (when i am more disciplined i will dedicate a season to a particular movement – or when i have read everything on my shelves).
finally finished Mbembe’s On the Postcolony – an interesting read. he is kindof a combo of Bhabha and Fanon (so if you don’t like either of them, you won’t like Mbembe). what struck me most is his idea of the “postcolonized subject” – and the qualitative differences / similarities with the “colonized subject” – i never quite thought of the differences in that way before – and made me wonder if there is also a qualitative difference between those two and a “territorialized subject” (since Guam is a U.S. territory – and seems to be between “colonized” and “postcolonized”. anyways, just a thought that’s worth exploring.
Sun Rock Man, by Cid Corman
Haunt, by Keith Waldrop
On the Shining Screen of the Eyelids, by Josely Baptista
Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole, by Eileen Tabios
Poeta en San Francisco, by Barbara Jane Reyes (a second reading)
My other chapbook-in-progress is a collage-and-response. While i read, i underline phrases, lines, etc, that jump out at me, then i copy them in my journal and make a poem out of those words…it is a nice way to engage further in the texts and to live in another’s lexicon / textures / ideas for a bit. it is interesting how different the poems are from my other work, but also how much they sound like my voice…i will post more about them as i get further into the work (i have about 13 poems right now – am aiming for thirty (which means i have to read 17 more books first! – ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?).
I also need your help with a title: i was thinking about “after” in the sense that each poem is “after ________ ” — i was also thinking about “thrall” to capture the sense of being enthralled in another’s words — and finally, “thralldom”, a word i found in Mbembe, which has a strange ring to it…or maybe even “afterthrall” but does that sound funny?
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!! BECAUSE I CANT DECIDE!!!
one more thing: as you know, i am fond of changing the title of my blog 😉 let’s play a game…if you can guess the book and author that the title refers to, you will get a point … and you can use these points on craigslist! we’ll start with the current title “the crying of blog 49” — good luck!