What seemed most drastic about the eighties was how scary Reaganomics was, or were, and the figures of Reagan and Bush. Those jokes about Reagan turning off his hearing aid in meetings, that sort of thing. The Contra deal —my god. The eighties, in one way, had been a batch of hideous ironies. Thinking about forms of identity and how nationalism was invented to wreck male bodies made me sick.
Thinking about gasoline made me think about mixtures of things from under the earth, which made me think of alchemy, which was also what my interest in Gnosticism had led me to, and the Gulf War led to thinking about nationalism and my childhood experience of Postcolonialism in Brasil, loss of language and remaking the mother tongue, and it all wound up together! I found that the political interests could not be separated from the rest of it when writing that book.
That gives us insight into Loose Sugar. Some people have identified the act of writing poetry in our age as a political act—because it goes so in the face of economic, social and various political agendas. Do you agree with such a sentiment? Or, to get at the question a different way, are the personal and political always intertwined? The political and the personal are mostly intertwined, if you believe in the personal.
And in a way, all art is useless. But original language engages us in moral difficulties. My poems are difficult and full of weird devices. I read at a couple of Gulf War protests and thought about the limitations of polemics. That dithyramb of ticky-tick, boom, brrrrr we hear when we lift the nozzle, pull back on the black rubber and shove it in—. We should read the names carefully through fumes rising from rainbows of spilled gas on the station floor, still pretty cheap. Full tank Removing the nozzle we should notice, when the vagrant drop falls down, the liquid is still pretty golden, pink dominates for an instant, then forgets.
Bodies lie in the sand and the ancient forests feel them over and over and stop growing—. The Hanging Gardens of Nebuchadnezzar had one of each kind of flower. The cruel king walked there with his personal servants;. We are tending the waters of cheap gas where they fall.
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By the waters, slaves lived for generations. By the waters of Babylon they moved and spoke—. February 2, at am.
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February 2, at pm. You are commenting using your WordPress. Watching my students struggle with and then start to understand this book made me love it even more. Apr 04, Marilyn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Marilyn by: Click for larger image. An elaborate collection of poems that culminate in a meditation on the possibility of a native and feminine language, Loose Sugar is an alchemical manuscript disguised as a collection of poems, or vice versa. Click here for author's website.
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