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Americans / An Anti-Poem / It Chose Me / Reading Notes

Photo on 4-8-15 at 9.02 PM 12:10 Long week & I have 4 hours to give this (Joshua’s book) to Juliette Reading about more land expropriation, more theft from somewhere that’s not here–Arizona to Modi’ India. Am not nostalgic for small production, I’m nostalgic for meaningful struggle against trans-national mega capital, thefts of agency and self- & communal-determination, as it intersects w/other work and struggle: a future. Here we are–JW’s dedication to force of rejection, that put the book in this informal circulation which I think is a good home. The sprit of this book is non-disclosure so I won’t try to chop it into an argument or quote, just register how we tangle: Beef-mandala & something about rendering. Animal-headed consumer emblems. cf Helen Adams’ collages / cf Duncan’s grand collage? Tho more despair here, the play w/scale as both exuberant and vertiginous and so much food, meat. I’d been thinking what are the recent poems not about consumer culture (something like Sprawl) but about actual consumption, the process of rendering. Here’s one. & whenever I think of beef, AR’s Cow pops up. “Lake Effect” / tho Josh moved to Denver, I’m thrilled w/any Rust-Lake belt call back.There’s a manifesto here RE: dada and surrealism where “surrealism” becomes a mantra and a fugue-y repetition between slice and circle.  Will leave it to you to find out. This ten minutes was better than any AWP. 12:24 PM

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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