At first, once a week, and then twice a week, and, eventually, four times a week, I’d head for the gay club in downtown Pittsburgh. It was small, located below street level, dark, leaning toward seedy, and, had I bothered to think about it, a death trap. Middle aged white men gazed at white twinks—the … Continue reading refuge

India Diary: Four

My friend Christina Sharpe calls it thinking juxtapositionally: placing items alongside each other to map relationships and engagements, to see how world-making is generated. Often, Christina does this with visual objects. I’m borrowing her method here to think with Dalit and African American poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the latter period because it’s what I … Continue reading India Diary: Four

Reading: April 29, 2016

Ben Jonson, A Celebration of Charis: I. His Excuse for Loving William Shakespeare, Sonnet 4 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 6 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 135 Emily Dickinson, 1188 Emily Dickinson, 963 Emily Dickinson, 1010 Emily Dickinson, 269

Reading: April 28, 2016

Namdeo Dhasal, Seven Poems Lal Singh Dil, Four Poems Yrsa Daley-Ward, True Story & Mental Health Lebogang Mashile, I Smoked a Spliff With Jesus Christ Chloe N. Clark, On Bray Road Melancholia Adam Strauss, Queening Harryette Mullen, Wipe that Smile Off Your Aphasia

Reading: April 27, 2016

Natalie Diaz, No More Cake Here Jim Harrison, Barking James Tate, The Painter by Night Marilyn Chin, Brown Girl Manifesto (Too) Ricky Laurentiis, Black Iris Charlene McLure, Can Anyone Live with Eartha Kitt Camille Rankine, Coincidentia Oppositorium Tyrone Palmer, Three Poems Melcion Mateu, Poet's Sampler Claire Harris, Kay in Summer Anne Boyer, Not Writing Brigit … Continue reading Reading: April 27, 2016